„The Lebanese delegation to the Rio Olympics barred Israeli athletes from boarding a bus the two teams were meant to take to the opening ceremony on Friday, an Israeli coach says. According to sailing coach Udi Gal, when the Lebanese team realized that it was slated to share the bus with Israeli athletes, it asked the driver to shut the door. Organizers then tried to split up the Israeli team and put the athletes on different shuttles, ‚something that is unacceptable for security and representation reasons,‘ the coach said. ‚We insisted that we board the bus designated for us, and if the Lebanese refuse [to share the shuttle], they should de-board,‘ Gal said.
After the bus driver complied and opened the door, the head of the Lebanese team physically blocked the entrance to the bus. The head of the Lebanese team, Salim al-Haj Nicolas, told AFP he demanded that the door be closed on the Israeli team, but they ‚insisted on getting on,‘ the BBC reported. A seperate bus ride was then organized for the Israeli delegation, ‚but the diplomatic incident already taken place. Shame!‘ Gal wrote.“