The Israeli coach of the Czech national men's basketball team, shook hands with his Iranian counterpart, Mehran Shahintab, before a match between the two teams on Sunday at the Tokyo Olympics.
"I shook his hand before the game started, and at the end, we also talked a bit about basketball," Ronen Ginzburg told Ynet.
"Obviously it’s special that an Israeli coach is leading a team against Iran."
"Perhaps this is also a message to the leaders [in Iran]," he added.
The Czech Republic held off a late rally to beat Iran 84-78.
The Islamic Republic does not recognize Israel and the two countries have been engaged in hostilities since the 1979 revolution that overthrew the shah and installed a theocratic regime.
Athletes from Muslim-majority countries in the Middle East and North Africa have sometimes boycotted their Israeli counterparts during international competitions.
Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach withdrew from the Tokyo Olympics to avoid facing an Israeli athlete. They were both temporarily suspended by the International Judo Federation.
Avishag Semberg on Saturday won Israel's first medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games, taking bronze in Women's Taekwondo 49kg after defeating Turkey's Rukiye Yildirim.
This represents the country's first medal in a sport other than judo, windsurfing and kayaks - the 10th overall.
First published: 11:36, 07.25.21