Sagi Muki won in Abu Dhabi displaying the Israeli flag ©IJF

Israel won a historic gold medal on day two of the International Judo Federation (IJF) Abu Dhabi Grand Slam - a year after the country's flag and national anthem had been banned in the United Arab Emirates city.

The host country has no diplomatic relations with Israel and has forced their athletes to compete under the IJF flag.

Tal Flicker won men's under-66 kilograms gold in 2017 which highlighted the stance to the watching sporting world.

In response, the IJF suspended the Abu Dhabi event but it has gone ahead as planned after authorities promised that Israelis would be allowed to compete without discrimination.

The nation competed with their flags and symbols yesterday, winning two bronze medals on a day the IJF described as a "watershed moment" for judo.

They did even better today as Sagi Muki won the men's under-81kg title at the Mubadala Arena.

To add extra shine to the victory, today marks World Judo Day which sees the sport celebrated across the world.

IJF President Marius Vizer has also announced that Israel will host a Grand Prix event in Tel Aviv in 2019 and 2020.

"I wish to congratulate Israel for their success here today and to congratulate them for their new Grand Prix event," said Vizer.

IJF President Marius Vizer signed a deal to introduce the Tel Aviv Grand Prix  ©IJF
IJF President Marius Vizer signed a deal to introduce the Tel Aviv Grand Prix ©IJF

"We are able to send to the world a message of solidarity, friendship and peace and I thank everyone involved in this achievement. 

"We showed a nice example to the youth of the world in a moment that was not just more than a sport but more than judo and was a crucial moment in the world. 

"I hope the unity between the two cultures, Muslim and Israeli culture is a start for a new era in the sport and later in the world, social, political, economical areas. 

"Thank you very much to all of you."

Muki, the European champion, won his second Grand Slam title as he defeated Belgium's Matthias Casse via waza-ari nine seconds into added time.

Dutch judoka Frank De Wit and Asian Games champion Didar Khamza of Kazakhstan won bronze medals.

Elsewhere in men's action, London 2012 Olympic champion Lasha Shavdatuashvili of Gerogia won men's under-73kg gold.

He defeated Kosovo's Akil Gjakova via waza-ari for his first Grand Slam crown in 11 attempts.

Tommy Macias of Sweden and Russia's Musa Mogushkov won bronze.

The Netherlands and France won the two women's titles contested.

Juul Franssen claimed the Dutch gold as she rolled out Slovenian opponent Andreja Leski in the golden score period of the under-63kg final.

Another Slovenian, reigning Olympic champion Tina Trstenjak, won bronze alongside Austria's Katharina Haecker.

Juul Franssen won a gold medal for The Netherlands  ©IJF
Juul Franssen won a gold medal for The Netherlands ©IJF

Margaux Pinto captured the under-70kg title for France, defeating Germany's Miriam Butkereit via waza-ari.

Bronze medals were won by Germany's Giovanna Scoccimarro and Austria's Michaela Polleres.

Competition concludes in Abu Dhabi tomorrow.

Away from the mats, three-time world champion and Athens 2004 Olympic champion Ilias Iliadis of Greece marked World Judo Day by providing a "masterclass" for UAE athletes.

Watch the action on Judo TV