Buzz

Egyptian Athlete Sparks Outrage After Waving Saudi Flag at Olympics Opening Ceremony

Egyptian Athlete Sparks Outrage After Waving Saudi Flag at Olympics Opening Ceremony

 

Egyptian athlete Hamada Talat has sparked outrage after waving the Saudi Arabian flag during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday.

On Twitter, #رجعوا_حماده (#Bring_Back_Hamada) quickly became a top-trending hashtag, with hundreds of users calling for Talat’s withdrawal from the highly anticipated tournament.

“#Bring_Back_Hamada as he does not know the value and magnitude and stature and history and culture of #Egypt,” one user tweeted.

“This is not an individual case but is an atmosphere of hypocrisy [and] cheapness,” prominent human rights lawyer Gamal Eid said, posting a picture of Talat at the opening ceremony alongside one of an Egyptian woman who gained infamy for waving the Saudi flag at a demonstration to show support for Egypt’s government earlier this year.

Talat, who plays shooting, is in Rio as part of the largest Egyptian Olympic delegation in history, with 83 men and 36 women athletes set to compete in the games. He is expected to compete in the men’s 10 meter rifle event on Monday and the men’s 50 meter rifle event on Sunday, August 14.

Uproar after Google 'Removes Palestine' from Google Maps
Books and Coffee: Zino Brings German Coffee to Cairo's Streets

Subscribe to our newsletter


Buzz

More in Buzz

Master Traditional Egyptian Crafts at the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization’s Art Workshops

Marina Makary23 June 2022

The Light Rail Transit System: An Upgrade to Egypt’s Transportation Infrastructure

Marina Makary23 June 2022

Egyptian Amir El-Masry Cast as Mohamed Al-Fayed in Season 5 of Netflix’s ‘The Crown’

Seif Saleh23 June 2022

In Paintings: Exploring the Colors of Rural Egypt

Mona Abdou23 June 2022

3 Ways Young Egyptians Can Reconnect With Their Rural Roots

Mirna Abdulaal20 June 2022

Egypt Has an Internet Issue, NileSat 301 Plans to Fix That

Shereif Barakat20 June 2022

Egyptians Can Now Apply to Join Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ Reality Show

Eleonora Christo Vostanis18 June 2022

From Beijing to al-Sayeda Zeinab: How the Gayer-Anderson Museum Curated World History

Mona Abdou17 June 2022