|Israeli delegation at Rio olympics.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Jerusalem Post|
The modern Olympics was envisioned to be an idyllic event when good sportsmanship and athletic prowess would override politics. Unfortunately, this isn't the case. The 2016 Rio Olympics has seen more of its share of refusals by Arab countries to compete and even ride a bus with Israeli athletes.
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And don't forget the deadly attack on the Israeli athletes forty-four years ago at the Munich 1972 Olympics.