Israel hopes London is paved with gold

By Simon Griver, June 28, 2012

The 2012 London Olympic Games start exactly five weeks today. In the first of a series of dedicated features, we profile five leading men from the Israel squad.

● Shahar Zubari
Sport: Windsurfing
Date of birth: September 1, 1986
Born: Eilat
Honours: Olympic bronze medallist, World Championship bronze medallist, several titles at junior world level


Israel names 36-man squad for London Olympics

By Simon Griver, June 25, 2012

Zvi Varshaviak has described the 36-man squad for the London Olympics as the best quality squad Israel has sent to a Games.

The squad falls short of the 43 Israelis who represented the country in Israel in Beijing four years ago.

IOC President Varshaviak said: "We've had larger squads but this is the best quality squad we have ever had and we expect to win more than two medals."


Lee to fly the flag

By Simon Griver, June 18, 2012

The Olympic Committee of Israel is expected to name women’s world windsurfing champion Lee Korzits as the Israeli flag bearer at next month’s Olympic opening ceremony.

Korzits, 28, is expected to get the nod ahead of Beijing windsurfer bronze medalist Shahar Zuberi, because the OCI feel it is the turn of a woman to carry the flag.


Kopelev books Olympic spot

June 11, 2012

Jonatan Kopelev has booked his place in the Israel Olympics squad after achieving a qualifying time in Slovenia.

The Israeli swimmer looked set for heartbreak despite winning the 50m title in Hungary last week as the distance is not an Olympic event, but he clocked a time of 54:38 in the 100-metres backstroke final to cement his place.


Euro success for Israel

By Simon Griver, May 31, 2012

Israel claimed a record medal haul at the European Swimming Championships in Hungary.

Jonatan Kopelev earned Israel their first-ever gold medal at the Championships by winning the 50m backstroke in Debrecen.

Kopelev said: “The feeling is immense. It’s amazing. I’ve got shivers all over my body.”


Israeli invention will help woman in the marathon

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

A semi-professional British horse-rider who was told she would never walk again following an accident nearly five years ago is to compete in the London marathon with the help of an Israeli inventor.

Claire Lomas, who punctured her lung and suffered severe spinal injuries that left her paralysed from the chest down when her horse collided with a tree in May 2007, saw the ReWalk on display at the


Lee's in a race against time

February 23, 2012

Lee Korsitz, the Israeli most likely to win gold in this summer's Olympics, has undergone surgery for an mysterious health problem unrelated to sport.

The women's windsurfing world champion is missing this week's European Windsurfing Championships in Portugal.


London Olympics put the spotlight on local rabbis

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2011

Local rabbis will feature prominently within the contingent of 2012 Olympic Jewish chaplains with four rabbis from Redbridge working with Olympic and Paralympic athletes.

The quartet from Redbridge and Essex include official Olympic chaplains, Reverend Gary Newman, from Newbury Park United Synagogue; Rabbi Richard Jacobi, from Woodford Liberal Synagogue; and Rabbi Moshe Muller from Chabad.


Israelis going for 2012 gold

November 24, 2011

The Olympic Committee of Israel has tough qualification criteria for the 2012 Olympics, but is hoping to bring between 40 and 50 athletes. The Israelis have strong competitors in windsurfing, gymnastics and judo.
Top prospects are judo champion Alice Shlesinger, tennis player Shahar Peer, gymnast Alex Shatilov and sailing team Era Sela and Gidi Klinger.


Brits funding Israeli Olympic bid

By Jessica Elgot, November 24, 2011

A coalition of British and international multi-millionaires have pledged financial support to the Israeli Olympic team, hoping success at the 2012 London Games will enhance the country's image.