Tag Archive for Olympics

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 »

Palestinian swimmer’s claims against Israel proven untrue


The Palestinian swimmer’s attempts to blame Israel with claims of inaccessibility to Olympic-size pools for training, have been proven untrue, with at least 4 at her disposal.



Claims of immense training difficulties faced by Palestinian Olympic-hopeful Mary al-Atrash have rippled across the media as of late over their apparent stretching of the truth.

A recent report by Tablet Magazine has stirred the waters surrounding the Palestinian athlete’s struggle to prepare for the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Palestinian swimmer Mary Al-Atrash, 22. – Photo: REUTERS

In a June report, Reuters claimed that the 22-year-old swimmer from Beit Sahour, near Bethlehem in the West Bank was without an adequate pool in which to train. Continue Reading »

IOC reprimands Lebanese Olympic team for refusing to allow Israelis on bus





The head of the Lebanese Olympic delegation was reprimanded by the International Olympic Committee on Sunday after refusing to let the Israeli delegation board a bus the two teams were supposed to share.


Israeli delegation at Rio olympics. – Photo: REUTERS

As a result, according to the original Facebook post by Israeli sailing coach Udi Gal, event organizers tried to scatter the Israeli athletes on several different buses. He called this “unacceptable for security and representative reasons.”

Other Lebanese snafus:

  1. Blunder of epic proportions?
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Finally: 44 years after Israelis massacred, Olympians to be honored at Olympic Village


Over 4 decades of seeking recognition from the Int’l Olympic Committee by the family members to honor the 11 slain Olympians, a ceremony was finally held at the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, and will now be a feature at every Olympics.

By i24news


Family members of the the 11 Israeli athletes killed by terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics were joined by officials at a ceremony at the Olympic village in Rio de Janeiro on Wednesday, marking the culmination of a long struggle for official recognition of the tragedy.



The ceremony, which included a minute’s silence, was led by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who inaugurated the Place of Mourning, which will now be a feature at every Olympics, with two stones from ancient Olympia encased in glass in a leafy part of the athletes’ village. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Brings Home European Gold Medal


The Israeli gymnastics team won 4 medals at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship, 1 gold, 2 silvers, and 1 bronze, guaranteeing the team’s presence at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

By Michael Zeff/TPS


(TPS) – The Israeli gymnastics team won gold at the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championship on Sunday in the clubs and hoop event and also won silver in the ribbons event.This year’s European championship was held in the team’s own home court of Holon, a coastal Israeli city.

“I felt extreme exhilaration, especially since this is the first European championship ever held in Israel.

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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 »

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 »

Israeli firm to guarantee Rio Olympics security in 2016 in $2.2 billion deal

Israeli firm plans to make 2016 Rio Games a ‘technology hotbed of Israeli security solutions’

By i24news



An Israeli company has been awarded the tender to plan and coordinate the security concept for the 2016 Rio Olympics in a deal worth $2.2 billion, the IsraelDefense magazine reported Wednesday.

Rio 2016 Olympic Games organizers launch their bid to recruit 70,000 volunteers for the first Games to be held in South America ( Yasuyoshi Chiba (AFP/File) )

Rio 2016 Olympic Games organizers launch their bid to recruit 70,000 volunteers for the first Games to be held in South America – Photo: Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/File

International Security & Defence Systems (ISDS), a multi-national security company based in Nir Zvi, Israel with subsidiaries around the world, will act as a consultant as well as supply the security systems for the games. Continue Reading »

Olympic committee suspends Tunisia after barring Israel’s flag

The Chief of the Israeli baseball association was forbidden from displaying Israel’s flag at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Tunisia.


LAUSANNE, Switzerland — The International Olympic Committee has issued a warning to the international baseball and softball federation after an Israeli delegate was barred from displaying his national flag at a recent meeting in Tunisia.

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The IOC Executive in session. – Photo: International Olympic Committee

The IOC opened an investigation after the head of the Israeli baseball association, Peter Kurz, was told he could not display the Israeli flag or name plate at the World Baseball Softball Confederation congress in Hammamet, Tunisia, in May. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Figure Skater Bychenko Advances to 2nd Day


Alexei Bychenko, 26, skated to music from a Swing Kids soundtrack by James Horner & advanced with 62.44 points.


Israel’s Alexei Bychenko will be among the 24 skaters to take part in Friday’s free program of the men’s figure skating event after finishing in 22nd place in Thursday’s short program at the Sochi Olympics.

Israel’s Alexei Bychenko will take part in the figure skating men’s free program on Friday after finishing the short program in 22nd place at the Sochi Olympics on Thursday

Bychenko, 26, performed to music from the Swing Kids soundtrack by James Horner and recorded a result of 62.44 points.

Bychenko, who is based in Hackensack, New Jersey, crashed to the ice once during the short program, but still recorded a score high enough to book his place in the second day of competition.

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Lebanon Distracted From Local Violence by Topless Photos of Lebanese Olympic Skier

Topless photos and YouTube clip of Lebanese Olympic skier is causing a national scandal back home.

By Aryn Baker/ Beirut


Topless photos and racy video footage of Lebanese Olympic Skier Jackie Chamoun have gone viral in Lebanon, prompting a potential government inquiry just days before the Olympic veteran is due to compete in the women’s giant Slalom in Sochi. But government claims that the revealing footage may have damaged Lebanon’s “reputation” have precipitated an enormous backlash in a country that has suffered far worse than the publication of  images that wouldn’t look out of place in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Continue Reading »

Israeli figure skating duo qualify for Sochi finals

Andrea Davidovich & Evgeni Krasnopolski set their hopes on Israel’s 1st ever medal at the Winter Olympics.


Israeli athletes Evgeni Krasnopolski and Andrea Davidovich qualified on Tuesday for the figure skating finals at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Israel's Andrea Davidovich, left, and Evgeni Krasnopolski perform during pairs free skating

Israel’s Andrea Davidovich, left, and Evgeni Krasnopolski perform during pairs free skating of the Golden Spin figure skating competition in Zagreb, Croatia, Dec. 7, 2013.- Photo: AP

The two scored 56.90 points on their total segment score at the Pairs Short Program.

The Chinese team scored the most points (70.59), followed by the U.S. (67.44) and France (65.36).

The finals will take place on Wednesday at 7:45 P.M.

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UK Daily puts Israeli App on ‘Top 5’ apps list for Sochi Winter Olympics

Israeli service, One Hour Translation app, makes headlines for offering free on-demand translations from the Winter Olympics.

By Tova Dvorin


Another Israeli product beat the ongoing Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel Sunday. A real-time translation app made it to the Telegraph UK‘s top five apps for following the 2014 Sochi Winter Games.

Twitter site – AFP file

The app, titled “One Hour Translation,” provides free real-time translation to users during the games.

To gain real-time translations, users simply need to tweet @OHT with an image or phrase to be translated – e.g. “Where is the skating rink? Continue Reading »

Israel sends 5 athletes to compete in Sochi


Israelis participating in figure skating & skiing events with short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov to be Israel’s 1st team member to compete on Monday.


Short-track speed skater Vladislav Bykanov will carry the Israel flag in Friday’s Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

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Olympic rings in the Coastal Athlete’s Village in Sochi, February 4, 2014 – Photo: REUTERS

Israel has sent five athletes to Russia, two more than it did to the Games in Vancouver four years ago.

Israel has never sent more than five athletes to a Winter Olympics, with the delegations in 2002 and 2006 also numbering five members. Continue Reading »