Egyptian Kung Fu gold medalist suspended for Rabaa sign

The Kung Fu gold medalist received the ban on grounds of communicating a political message. (Photo courtesy of al-Ahram Online)

Mohamed Youssef, an Egyptian Kung Fu player, has been suspended for wearing a t-shirt decorated with the “Rabaa Hand,” a message of support for supporters of ousted President Mohammad Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood.

Youssef wore the Rabaa t-shirt when receiving a gold medal at theWorld Championship in Russia, Russia, according to Egyptian news website al-Ahram Online.

“Kung Fu player Mohamed Youssef will be deported from Russia due to his behavior,” Gamal al-Jazzar, an Egyptian Kung Fu Association executive officer told Ahram’s Arabic website.

He received the ban on grounds of communicating a political message, according to the website.

“He will also be banned from representing Egypt in the coming Kung Fu World Championship that kicks off on 27 November in Kuala Lumpur,” added.

The Rabaa hand, or “four-fingered salute,” is commonly publicized on social networking websites and protests by Egyptian crowds wanting to remember protesters who camped out for weeks in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya square.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:40 - GMT 06:40