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Egypt Protects Ghana’s Israeli Football Coach

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Security personnel for the Egypt Football Association have uncovered a plot to attack 61-year-old Avram Grant, the Israeli coach of the Ghana national soccer team, when the team arrives in Alexandria for a November 13 FIFA World Cup qualifier.

The match is to be played between Ghana and Egypt, but Egyptian fans are already expressing their displeasure that Grant is scheduled to enter the country with his team. Ghanian media quoted Egyptian sources on Sunday as saying the Egypt Football Association received threats from extremist fans who planned to harass and abuse Grant upon his arrival at the airport, and from that point on, until his departure from Egypt.

“They plan to hurt him and chant at him,” an Egypt Football Association source told the “Sports Obama” website in Ghana. “People don’t want him around.”

The Israeli coach had warned the international association earlier that Alexandria might not be a safe city in which to hold the match, and called on FIFA to relocate the game to a safer place.

Grant also holds Polish citizenship. He became the manager of the Ghana national soccer team at the end of 2014 after a long career that began in 1972 at the age of 18.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Bashes Great Britain 9-1, Heads to World Baseball Classic [video]

Monday, September 26th, 2016

Israel put away three home runs in Brooklyn on Sunday (Sept. 25), bashing Great Britain in a 9-1 championship victory.

With the win, Israel earned an entree to the World Baseball Classic against South Korea next March. This is the first time Israel has qualified for the quadrennial event.

The nine-inning game was played at MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, a minor league team for the NY Mets.

Starting pitcher Jason Marquis threw four innings, and struck out five. Josh Zeid, winning pitcher for the team, struck out three.

Next stop, World Baseball Classic championship. Israel is slated for Pool B.
Teams: Chinese Taipei, South Korea, Netherlands, Israel
Venue: Gocheok Sky Dome in Seoul, South Korea
Dates: March 7-10.

Hana Levi Julian

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

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/tel-aviv-yafo-celebrates-water-sports-this-week-in-sail-2016/2016/04/18/

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