Alice fights for Britain

By Simon Griver, January 5, 2015

Israel’s Alice Schlesinger has been given permission by the International Judo Federation to represent Great Britain in the 2016 Olympics.

Last month Schlesinger, 26, won the British Judo Championships U63 kilogram title in Sheffield and was then invited to join the GB team.


Maccabi’s loss is most certainly Watford’s gain

By Danny Caro, September 5, 2014

As a Liverpool fan, I’m used to players writing a heartfelt open letter to fans upon their departure, namely those who leave on good terms. Luis Suarez did it and most recently, Daniel Agger did it. It is widely regarded as a touch of class. So it is no surprise to see Oscar Garcia share his thoughts with fans of Maccabi Tel Aviv following his unexpected departure.


Silver for Gerbi

By Simon Griver, September 2, 2014

Israel's Yarden Gerbi took silver in the women's under 63 kilo World Judo Championships in Russia.

In a repeat of last year's final, Gerbi, 25, was beaten by Clarisse Agbegnenou of France who prevented Gerbi from claiming back-to-back titles.


Meyer reflects on Commonwealth bronze

By Danny Caro, August 4, 2014

Amy Meyer believes the 2016 Rio Olympics are the next part of her journey after winning bronze in the judo competition at the Commonwealth Games.

Meyer, 22, recovered from a first-round loss to win her repechage fight against Zambia before claiming bronze against Barbados in the under-48 division.


Goodkind earns England call-up

November 16, 2012

Max Goodkind was recently called up for the England judo squad after winning a medal at the nationals in Sheffield earlier this year.

His selection on the England programme means he will now see a lot more of Sheffield - the location for national squad training weekends throughout the year.


Zeevi's crash landing

August 9, 2012

Arik Zeevi described his devastating 43-second defeat as his ‘blackest nightmare’ after being dumped out of the men’s judo.

The 2004 bronze medallist was tipped to challenge for the main prize in London but lasted less than a minute.

Zeevi was left in tears after losing to Germany’s Dimitri Peters in the Men’s 100kg.


Olympic Games: Day 6 round-up

By Danny Caro, August 2, 2012

American gymnast Aly Raisman missed out on her second medal of the 2012 London Olympics, while Andy Ram and Jonathan Erlich bowed out of the Men's Doubles competition following two closely-fought sets against top seeds Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan.



Olympic Games: Day 2 review

By Danny Caro, July 29, 2012

It was a day of disappointment for Israel as the 2012 Olympic Games ended somewhat prematurely for several members of the delegation.


Misha Zilberman bowed out of the Badminton competition a second consecutive defeat in Group One, going down 21-9, 21-15 to Singapore’s Derek Wong.



Euro gold for Zeevi

By Simon Griver, May 3, 2012

Arik Zeevi won gold in the 100kg category at the European Judo Championships in Chelyabinsk, Russia.

Zeevi, 35, claimed his fourth victory in the competition and although he had not been considered an Olympic medal contender for London, this performance moves him up to seventh in the world rankings. The Israeli won bronze at the Athens Olympics in 2004.


Olympics incentive

By Simon Griver, July 28, 2011

The Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) has doubled the prize money for medal winners at next year's London Olympics.

OCI chairman Zvi Varshaviak announced that any Israeli gold medallists will be awarded NIS 1 million, compared with NIS 480,000 for the Beijing Games in 2006.