Unarmed combat, much well known as Judo, continues to be a big part of the Olympics each time. And this year is no different. Except when Saudi Arabia earned a last-minute entry to participate in the global competition, no one had any idea what would come next.
When Tahani Alqahtani discovered that her first round would be with Raz Hershko, a competitor from the Israeli delegation, everyone held their breath. A situation that could have quickly turned ugly, with all the dilemmas surrounding the Arab state conflicts, was diffused humanely and as respectfully as possible. Not only did the duel take place as intended, but it also dispersed all the myths of tension. The two athletes treated each other with positive energy and, above all, respect.
Judo, maybe a Japanese martial art combat method, turned into a sport, but it continues to bring people together from all walks of life, reuniting them in love and tradition. This apt decision of the Saudi delegation in the face of an intense predicament is an example the world can learn from. Regardless of our differences, however, sports like Judo can unite the world in the best possible ways.