Olympics

Lebanon's judo team refuses to train alongside Israelis

By Danny Caro and Marcus Dysch, July 27, 2012

Lebanon’s Olympic judo team has refused to train next to Israeli competitors during a session ahead of London 2012.

Olympic officials were forced to erect a special screen at the Excel venue following a complaint from a member of the Lebanese delegation.

It is understood the two squads had been warming up next to each other when the complaint was made on Friday afternoon.

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Peer to play Sharapova

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2012

Israel's Shahar Peer has been handed a daunting first-round draw against former Wimbledon winner Maria Sharapova at the Olympic Games.

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Israel can't wait for Games to start, says Zinger

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2012

Efraim Zinger believes that Israeli athletes will have the experience of a lifetime when they set foot in the Olympic Stadium for tonight’s opening ceremony in Stratford.

Zinger said: “We’re all very excited about the opening ceremony. It has a very special and unique energy.”

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Blatt’s GB test

By Simon Griver, July 26, 2012

David Blatt is confident Russia can challenge for a medal at the Olympic Games in London.

Born in Israel, Blatt has been running an intense schedule as he juggles the roles of coach of Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Russian Olympic team.

Russia's involvement was only confirmed earlier this month when they beat Nigeria 88-75 in an Olympic qualification tournament in Venezuala.

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I’ll throw caution to the wind, says Korzits

By Simon Griver, July 26, 2012

Lee Korzits has been dreaming of an Olympic medal since she was a teenager. At 28, the London Olympics, or Weymouth to be more accurate, is not her last chance of an Olympic medal, but there is a buzz about her that suggests it is going to be her best chance.

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Londoners, prepare to be amazed

By Danny Caro, July 26, 2012

So, the greatest show on earth officially gets under way on Friday. I hope you are ready?

I was in Jerusalem on Maccabiah duty the day London was named as the 2012 Olympic host city and although there has been plenty of negative coverage in the build-up, from what I’ve seen so far, it looks set to be a roaring success. Even the sun is shining.

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A chosen few will be able to realise their Olympic dreams

By Brian Sacks, July 19, 2012

Brian Sacks has been speaking to members of the community who are taking part in the Olympics as Volunteers. Their roles each entail a significant time commitment, both during the Games and in the training beforehand. They were remarkably consistent in their enthusiasm for the Games and their admiration for how they have been planned and organised

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Israel's Olympic history

By Simon Griver, July 19, 2012

Israel’s first involvement at the summer Olympics came in 1952 in Helsinki when they sent a squad of 26 athletes. Yoav Raanan achieved the best result by finishing ninth in the diving competition.

Only three athletes represented Israel in Melbourne in 1956 because the Games were held several weeks after the outbreak of the Sinai War.

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Israel will take it one step at a time, says Zinger

By Simon Griver, July 19, 2012

Having served as Secretary General of the Olympic Committee of Israel (OCI) since 1995, Efraim Zinger will be leading Israel’s delegation to his fifth Games.

“I still get thrilled about the Olympics,” he told the JC. “If I didn’t get excited it would be time to step down.”

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Zohar's going for gold

By Danny Caro, July 19, 2012

As Israel’s athletes start to filter into the Olympic Village in Stratford, Zohar Zimro will be looking to put a controversial few months behind him and conquer the world.

The Israeli marathon runner was given the green light to compete by a disciplinary committee despite failing a drugs test.

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