Tag Archive for Israel sport

World watches Giro D’Italia speed by Israel’s spectacular scenery

Israel, the first non-European country to host the prestigious Giro d’Italia, gets a public diplomacy bost with “a billion people watching normal Israel and seeing we are a normal country,” says Sylvan Adams, credited with bringing the race to Israel.
– WATCH video

By Adi Rubinstein


Millions of viewers around the world are believed to have watched as 175 cyclists competed on Sunday in the third stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia road cycling race from Beersheba to Eilat.

Israel kicked off the race in Jerusalem on Friday, less than a week after concluding the 2018 European Judo Championship in Tel Aviv, where Israeli judokas won one gold and three bronze medals. Continue Reading »

Giro d’Italia cycling Grand Tour begins Friday, in Jerusalem

For the first time, the most prestigious sporting event ever hosted in Israel, the Giro d’Italia cycling Grand Tour will start their race in Jerusalem on Friday.
• The event features 4-time Tour de France champ Christopher Clive Froome, OBE, the British cyclist racing for the UCI ProTeam Team Sky.

By Associated Press and Israel Hayom Staff


After resolving a brief crisis over the status of its capital, Israel is ready to finally get things underway this week with its historic hosting of the Giro d’Italia cycling race.

The world’s best riders will start the race in Jerusalem on Friday in the first time a cycling Grand Tour will ever be held outside Europe. Continue Reading »

Under threat of cancelation, Giro d’Italia removes ‘West Jerusalem’ designation

After Israeli Ministers threatened to drop out of hosting the professional cycling race in Israel, organizers of Giro d’Italia remove mentions of ‘West Jerusalem’ from its website, changing it to just ‘Jerusalem’, capital of Israel.
– Ministers Regev and Levin say they are relieved.

By The Associated Press


Israeli officials on Thursday declared victory in a battle over semantics surrounding the upcoming Giro d’Italia, saying it had persuaded the cycling event to remove any reference to “West Jerusalem” from their website.

The Giro, one of cycling’s three major races, will open in Israel next May, with the first day set to take place in Jerusalem. Continue Reading »

2nd Olympic medal for Israel: Or Sasson takes bronze in judo

view videoJust hours after Egyptian rival refused to shake hands after his loss, Israeli judoka, Or Sasson, wins a bronze medal in the men’s 100 kg plus weight class.

Elad Benari, Canada


Israeli judoka Or Sasson on Friday won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, after winning a consolation round in the men’s 100 kilogram plus weight class.

Sasson defeated Cuban Alex Garcia Mendoza, shortly after losing a semifinal match to world champion Teddy Riner.

The medal gives Israel its second bronze medal at the Rio Olympics. Earlier this week, judoka Yarden Gerbi won a bronze medal after defeating Japan’s Miku Tashiro in the women’s Judo under 63 kg category. Continue Reading »

PM Netanyahu congratulates Gerbi on her Olympic win for Israel


With Israel’s first Olympic medal since 2008, PM Netanyahu calls to congratulate Yarden Gerbion, on her bronze medal in the women’s under-63 kg judo competition at the Rio Games.



Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Yarden Gerbi on Wednesday morning for her bronze-medal win at the Rio Olympics on Tuesday in the women’s under-63 kilogram judo competition.

Israel Olympic medal winner, Yarden Gerbi. – Courtesy

“Congratulations, you played it big time,” Netanyahu said. “We are all proud of you, you gave the whole country a wonderful feeling. Really, it’s a a great achievement.”

“You’re an Olympian!” he exclaimed, before taking the opportunity to extend his well-wishes to the rest of the Israeli delegation in Rio, and to express confidence that the team will bring more results. Continue Reading »

Malaysia probed, possibly charged after Israel unable to participate in sailing championships


Malaysian hosts told Israel its surfers would not compete under Israel’s state flag, would not be allowed to use any symbol identifiable with Israel on their surfboards or cloths, nor should Israel win a gold medal, its national anthem would not be played.



World Sailing announced on Sunday that it is holding an investigation and seeking clarification from the Malaysian Organizing Authority of the Youth Sailing World Championships after Israel was unable to send a delegation to the event in Langkawi, Malaysia.

Windsurfer Yoav Omer – Photo: AMIT SHISEL/ISA

Israel’s Yoav Omer and Noy Drihan will not have an opportunity to defend their titles at the championships, which got underway on Sunday, after the Israel Sailing Association (ISA) said last week that it will not be participating in the event due to the demands made by the organizers and the fact the surfers had yet to receive visas. Continue Reading »

UPDATED: Palestinian Woman Crowned Israel’s Miss Fitness


view videoWATCH: At age 27, the young Jerusalemite, defied the traditional expectations to become the first Palestinian woman to compete in a bodybuilding competition…and win!

By i24news


Anoush Belian holds the title of Israel’s Miss Fitness 2015. Not only is she the first Palestinian to win the Israeli competition, but she is also the first Palestinian woman to choose to compete in a bodybuilding competition.

Anoush Belian

Up to a year ago, Belian led a completely normal life. She studied English at the Armenian School in Jerusalem and worked in various fields, including teaching English. But last year, at age 27, the young East Jerusalemite decided it was time for a challenge. Continue Reading »

Israeli Wins Silver at World Athletics Championships


Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko receives congratulatory phone-call from Israel’s President Rivlin, on her win in the triple-jump at the athletics world championships in Beijing.

By i24news


Fourteen years after Israel’s last medal at the World Athletics Championships, Hanna Knyazyeva-Minenko has won the silver medal in the triple-jump. She also broke the national record, achieving a jump of 14.78 meters.

Colombia’s Caterine Ibarguen comfortably retained her world title at the games in Beijing, stretching her winning streak to 29 competitions and achieving a best of 14.90 meters for the gold medal. Olympic champion Olga Rypakova of Kazakhstan took the bronze.

Hannah Minenko – Photo: AFP

This is Israel’s third ever medal at the championships, with previous awards going to pole-vaulter Alex Averbukh, who won bronze in 1999 and silver in 2001. Continue Reading »

Indonesia Refuses Visa to Israeli Badminton Player for World Championship Games

The Badminton World Federation has been conspicuously silent about Indonesia’s refusing Israeli player Misha Zilberman a visa despite his filing initial application 6 months ago.



Israeli Badminton player Misha Zilberman is set to miss next week’s World Championships in Indonesia after the world’s most populous Muslim country refused to grant him a visa.

However, despite filing his initial application six months ago, Zilberman was turned down by Indonesian officials time and again, with all his pleas to the Badminton World Federation falling on deaf ears. Continue Reading »

Congratulations! 3 Israeli youths win 4 gold medals at World Championships in Poland

Over 130 participants from 28 countries competed at the 2015 Windsurfing Youth World Championship, but 3 Israelis claimed the gold in all 4 competitions.



Israel’s Noy Drihan and Yoav Omer returned home to a hero’s welcome after winning the girls and boys events, respectively, at the 2015 windsurfing Youth World Championship over the weekend in Gdynia, Poland.

Israeli youth windsurfing Worlds medalists  – Photo Courtesy

Over 130 sailors from 28 countries and five continents competed for the titles, but it was Israel’s windsurfers who claimed the gold medals in all four competitions, with 15-year-old Drihan of Eilat winning the Under-17 as well as the U19 event, while Kfir Azulay, also of Eilat, finished in first place in the boys U17’s and Omer triumphed in the U19’s. Continue Reading »

FIFA Chief Tells Netanyahu He Opposes Palestinian Bid to Oust Israel From Football Association

FIFA president Blatter meets Netanyahu in Jerusalem saying, “Football has the power to construct bridges. Football shall unite people & not divide people.”
Palestinian official responded, claiming Israel ‘leading world by nose because of Holocaust.’

By David Ben Shimol


During a visit to Israel on Tuesday, FIFA President Sepp Blatter voiced his objections to an upcoming vote initiated by the Palestinian Football Association to suspend the Israeli FA from participation in international soccer competitions.

Eini, Netanyahu, Blatter, and Regev (Photo: GPO)
Eini, Netanyahu, Blatter, and Regev (Photo: GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warmly welcomed Blatter to Israel when the two met in Jerusalem. “I want to praise you for opposing the politicizing of sport.
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Palestinians refuse to drop petition to suspend Israel from FIFA

FIFA President to meet with PM Netanyahu over Palestinian bid to eject Israel from football association.

By i24news


FIFA President Sepp Blatter will travel to the Middle East to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and top Palestinian officials in a bid to head off a Palestinian bid to expel Israel from the sport’s governing body, FIFA said in a statement Sunday.

FIFA President Sepp Blatter is targeting a fifth term in office – Photo: Michael Buholzer/AFP

However, the Palestine FA (PFA) will not drop its proposal for a vote at the FIFA Congress to suspend Israel from international football although it will continue to pursue dialogue, its president Jibril Rajoub told Reuters on Sunday. Continue Reading »

Star of David featured on Qatari media after Israeli wins swimming competition

Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea had earlier claimed that the Star of David was missing from Israel’s flag after he won Qatari competition match.

By i24news


Footage has surfaced that disproves Israeli swimmer Guy Barnea’s earlier claim that Qatari television showed a graphic of an Israeli flag without the Star of David during coverage of the 2014 FINA World Swimming Championships on Sunday in Doha.

Guy Barnea - Photo: Facebook

Guy Barnea – Photo: Facebook

After winning his heat in the 200-meter butterfly at the swimming competition in Qatar, the Israeli swimmer suggested that local television footage left out the most important part of the flag – the Star of David in the middle even though they did show his face on camera, identify him by name and use the ISR initials for Israel. Continue Reading »

Israeli rowing team makes debut near Harvard University

One of the team members, Moran Samuel, is a para-rowing champion who was on Israel’s national women’s basketball team, before she suffered a stroke at 24.



For the first time, an Israeli rowing team is being represented in the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event.


Rowing World Cup on lake Rotsee in Lucerne, Switzerland, July 8, 2011 – Photo: AP

The event was being held Saturday and Sunday on the Charles River in Cambridge, Mass.

The annual event attracts over 11,000 athletes from around the world and 400,000 spectators who line the banks and bridges of the river near Harvard University.

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New Guinness World Record: 6 Israelis swim from Cyprus to Israel

Last year’s attempt was cut short after a fierce sea storm, but a group of 6 Israelis just swam for 6 days breaking the Guinness World Record for longest group relay swim in open sea.


An Israeli team broke the Guinness World Record for the longest open sea group relay swim on Saturday, reaching the Israeli coast after swimming 380 km from Cyprus.

Six Israeli swimmers at the Marina in Herzliya after swimming Cyprus.

Six Israeli swimmers at the Marina in Herzliya after swimming Cyprus. – Photo: AFP

The six-man team, Udi Arel, Ori Sela, Doron Amosi, Ben Anosh, Luke Shetbon and Oded Rahav, set off from the beach at Paphos on Sunday, swam in four-to-five kilometers turns for six days. Continue Reading »