Lebanese Olympic Team Blocks Israelis From Riding Bus

| by Kathryn Schroeder
Udi Gal and Israeli athletesUdi Gal and Israeli athletes

An Israeli trainer claims that members of the Lebanese delegation at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games refused to travel on the same bus as members of the Israeli team.

“I kept on insisting that we board the bus and said that if the Lebanese did not want to board as well they are welcome to leave,” Udi Gal, the Israeli sailing team trainer, wrote Aug. 5 in a Facebook post that was translated by The Times Of Israel.

He said one of the Lebanese delegation reportedly went so far as to block Israelis from boarding the bus.

“The bus driver opened the door, but this time the head of the Lebanese delegation blocked the aisle and entrance,” Gal wrote. “The organizers wanted to avoid an international and physical incident and sent us away to a different bus.”

Problems between the Lebanese and Israeli teams also occurred during the 2012 Olympic Games in London, England.

The Lebanese judo team refused to train alongside the Israeli team, the Telegraph reported during the 2012 Olympic Games in London. According to the Telegraph, a makeshift curtain was erected to split the training gym’s room so the athletes from both countries would not have to see one another.

Sources: Udi Gal/Facebook, The Times Of Israel, The Telegraph / Photo Credit: Udi Gal/Facebook

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