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Israeli Sports Technology Business Execs Showcase Products in America

Friday, September 2nd, 2016

A delegation of 13 Israeli companies traveled to New York and San Francisco last month to showcase their technology for the sports and advertising sectors.

The delegation met with sports teams, media giants and investors to show off their newest products. The technology included sensors for monitoring athletic performance, real-time video and replay analysis technology that combines with video games, communication channels between fans and brands, and other products.

The business leaders met with senior representatives of the NBA, the NFL, NHL and MLB, as well as various teams, global giants in sports media and investors who specialize in sports, according to government officials.

The trip was initiated by trade missions from the Israeli Ministry of Economy and Industry in New York and San Francisco, and the Israel Export Institute.

Hana Levi Julian

Two Medals and Political Controversies: A Summary of Israel’s Rio Olympics

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

As the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro come to a close, Israel can look back at what was one of its most successful Olympics ever. The country’s team was the biggest in its history with 47 athletes who competed in various sporting events, won two medals, displayed some strong performances and set many precedents throughout the Games. Nevertheless, some were disappointed by missed opportunities to win more medals, and several political incidents involving unsportsmanlike behavior by Arab athletes stole the show.

Israel’s biggest success in Brazil came in Judo, the country’s strongest sport which has now become the source of five of its total of nine medals in history. Israeli judokas Yarden Gerbi and Ori Sasson won a bronze medal each, becoming national heroes back home.

Gerbi competed in the women’s 63 kilogram division on day four of the Games and won her first two matches. She then lost a controversial match in the quarterfinals to a Brazilian opponent who many claimed received preferential treatment by the referee. But Gerbi recovered and won her two matches in the repechage to clinch Israel’s first medal in eight years.

Three days later, Ori Sasson doubled the celebration by reaching the podium in the men’s 100+ kilogram division. He first beat Egyptian opponent Islam El Shehaby, who famously refused to shake Sasson’s hand after the match and was condemned by the International Olympic Committee and sent home. Sasson won his way to the semifinal, where he lost to undefeated champion Teddy Riner of France before winning the bronze medal match.

The handshake snub was accompanied by several other anti-Israeli scandals in Rio. Before the opening ceremony, members of the Lebanese delegation blocked the Israeli team from boarding the same bus. A Saudi judoka withdrew from her match under the pretext of an injury, but the move was viewed in Israel as an attempt to avoid facing Israeli athlete Gili Cohen in the next round.

This was just the third time Israel won two medals in the same Olympics, after Barcelona in 1992 and Athens in 2004. There were, however, some athletes that narrowly missed out on more medals in Rio, which was viewed by some as a disappointment.

Windsurfer Maayan Davidovich was in a good position to finish in the top three spots in the women’s RS:X sailing event, but blundered during her final sail and could not recover, finishing ninth in the medal-race and seventh overall.

A strong performance by Judoka Sagi Muki in the men’s 73 kilogram competition was also not enough to secure a place on the podium. Muki competed with an injury, and nevertheless managed to win his way to the semifinals, before losing his two remaining bouts and tying for fifth place.

Triple Jumper Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko came within six centimeters of winning a medal, scoring a 2016 personal best of 14.68 meters in the final and ranking fifth. Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics team also came close, but finished sixth in the final.

There were also athletes who were considered before the games to be favorites for medals, but who failed to even make the finals. These include Gymnast Alex Shatilov, Swimmer Yakov Toumarkin, Rhythmic Gymnast Neta Rivkin, and windsurfer and former Olympic medalist Shahar Tzuberi.

Israel’s athletes set some firsts during the Games. Laetitia Beck became the first Israeli golf player to compete in the Olympics as well as Shlomi Haimy in mountainbiking, Ilana Kratysh in wrestling, and Ron Darmon in the triathlon. Ron Atias became the first male to compete in Taekwondo, and Misha Zilberman scored Israel’s first ever Olympic win in badminton.

The closing ceremony of the Olympic Games was held on August 21 and attention will now shift to the Paralympic Games, scheduled to kick off in Rio in two weeks at the same facilities and under the same governing council as the Olympics. The Israeli delegation to these Games includes 30 athletes, both Jews and Arabs, and in a historic first, half of them are women. Israel traditionally has more success in these games and it remains to be seen if the Paralympic athletes will live up to the high expectations.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Sports Minister Employed Kabbalist to Secure Yarden Gerbi’s Medal

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Shortly before the start of Tuesday night’s round that ended in Israeli Judoka Yarden Gerbi’s victory in the Rio Olympic Games, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud) who is present at the games, sent an SMS to “the kabbalist from Netivot,” Rabbi Netanel Shriki, a.k.a. “the tunnel collapser,” asking for his help.

One of the people close to the mystic disseminated a screenshot of his cell phone with the message from Regev: “Dear Rabbi, how are you? We here hope and pray that we’ll get a bronze medal. Yarden Gerbi’s bout is in halaf an hour, we deserve to get a medal and hear the national anthem.”

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki praying at the Gaza border fence / Source: Facebook

Rabbi Shriki’s followers believe that he has been bringing down the Hamas tunnels with the power of his prayers. During the two-month period last spring, when about ten Hamas tunnels collapsed, some burying Hamas terrorists under the rubble, the students of Rabbi Shriki from Netivot, near the Gaza border, were certain their rabbi was the cause. In early 2016, he began praying at the border fence, exposed to sniper fire from the other side, asking God to help Israel. His students have no doubt that his prayers were being answered (On Tuesday this week, just before Gerbi earned her bronze medal, yet another tunnel collapsed, burying alive the Islamic Jihad terrorists inside).

The students told website Haredi 10 they saw the rabbi go out to the fields to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time, a tunnel collapse was reported shortly thereafter.

“This is already not a case of a string of circumstantial events,” the students insisted. “Five times in a row he went out to pray for the tunnels to collapse, and each time it happened.”


Israeli Gymnasts Win Gold in Baku Just Before Olympic Games in Rio

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

The Israeli team brought home several medals from the International Federation of Gymnastics (FIG) World Cup Final in Rhythmic Gymnastics in Baku, Azerbaijan on Sunday just two weeks before flying to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The competition ended today with an impressive gold medal for the Israeli team at the ribbons event. The judges awarded the girls 18.500 points, putting them ahead of the Russian team by just 0.15 points.

Israel also took the gold for this event at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships earlier this month.

In addition, the team won a silver medal on July 17 in the group all-around category, which is one of the important categories in the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio.

Veteran gymnast Neta Rivkin won the bronze medal during the individual ball event earlier on Sunday.

Rivkin was selected to hold the Israeli flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics. The 2016 games will be her third as she competed at both the London and Beijing Olympic Games.

“My ambition is to win an Olympic medal. All my efforts are currently focused on the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; I am putting in doing my absolute utmost to do the very best at the Olympics,” said Rivkin.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Tel Aviv Yafo Celebrates Water Sports This Week in ‘Sail 2016’

Monday, April 18th, 2016

The largest water sports festival in Israel began Monday (April 18) at the Tel Aviv Marina.

Sail Tel Aviv Yafo 2016” runs from April 18 – 28 was initiated by “Atarim” and the Israel Yacht Club in memory of Major Asaf Asulin. More than 600 children will compete in the national championship in the event, hosted by the Tel Aviv Marina.

Hundreds of yachts, surfers, kayaks, SUPs, swimmers and marine enthusiasts are taking part in the event.

The festival is hosting a variety of water sports activities and competitions that include beach volleyball, open water swimming and a variety of races involving small vessels.

Hana Levi Julian

New Israeli Smartglasses Use Elbit Jet Technology for Cyclists

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) Driven by a passion for cycling, a brand-new Israeli company called Everysight will be offering smartglasses for cyclists in 2016, marketed as Raptor by Everysight. Raptor smartglasses pack uniquely unobtrusive display technology and powerful functions into a deceptively sleek design. The product looks and feels like traditional sports eyewear, but with hidden technology that helps athletes get the most out of their activity.

Raptor will come equipped with Everysight Beam technology, similar to what pilots have been using for decades: see-through display technology that crisply overlays information directly in the wearer’s line of sight. With Everysight Beam, the lens itself serves as the augmented display, eliminating offset displays found on other smartglasses. Everysight Beam avoids peripheral distractions, reduces eyestrain and eliminates opaque display elements that can obscure the view. In addition to superior optics, smartglasses with Everysight Beam are stylish, lighter and more comfortable.

According to Velo News, as the smartglass technology matures, designers attempt to bring information to users when it’s wanted, without being distracting, without too much extra weight, and without making the wearer look like a robot: “Wearable tech works when it looks and feels like the analog technology it’s replacing — the Apple Watch looks and wears like a watch — while adding functionality. This is one reason why Google Glass failed, even with all of that company’s development power. Whoever can get closest to a regular pair of glasses is likely to dominate.”

Everysight, a revolutionary new consumer wearable technology company, was spun out of Elbit Systems, the largest defense technology company in Israel and a market leader in advanced fighter jet and rotary wing helmet mounted display systems. Everysight announced its official launch on Tuesday. The company uses Elbit’s decades of cutting edge experience in augmented reality and vision display systems to get into the consumer wearable market.

“We have more than 30 years of experience and dominate the market in vision systems and augmented reality, integrating real-time data in pilots’ helmets to optimize performance and keep pilots safe and focused on what matters,” said Asaf Ashkenazi, CEO of Everysight. “Now we’re bringing this experience to the consumer market with smartglasses that will revolutionize how athletes see and experience information. Raptor is the first step in our greater plan to create a full line of smartglasses.”


Israeli Flags Banned from Jewish-Arab Soccer Game

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Police have ordered that no flags, including those of the State of Israel, will be allowed at a soccer match between Beitar Jerusalem and the team from the Galilee city of Sahknin next week.

Fans of Beitar have a reputation for being rowdy and racist, and sometimes violent.

Police said no “non-sport” objects, including flags, will be allowed into the stadium in Sahknin, where fans will undergo a strict inspection before entering.

Approximately 600 policemen will be deployed, in addition to 100 guards, to prevent disorder.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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