World Bulletin / News Desk
An Egyptian kung fu player raised eyebrows in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg when he raised the 'Rabaa sign' – the four-finger salute that marks the memory of protesters fallen in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in mid-August, as he was awarded the golden medal.
Mohamed Youssef surprised everybody when he took the stand after snatching the gold medal, while wearing a t-shirt with the iconic yellow sign. He even raised his four fingers to make the sign, which is popular among the backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi democracy activists in Egypt.
The “Rabaa” - meaning four or the fourth in Arabic - has become the sign of pro-Morsi sit-in camps which were brutally dispersed on August 14. Hundreds of protesters were killed in the brutal crackdown.
An official from the Egyptian Kung Fu Federation told Anadolu Agency that the federation had decided to open an investigation into the incident and grill the player as soon as he returns to Egypt from Russia to know why he raised the sign.
"The interrogation, however, does not mean that Youssef will be penalized," the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said.
Youssef managed to win the top spot after ending the final game against an Iranian player in his favor.