Big guns ready to play at Maccabiah Games

Organisers of the 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel have selected seven athletes to participate in the torch lighting at the Opening Ceremony.


Israel will be represented by Olympic judo medallists Ori Sasson and Yarden Gerbi, gymnast Neta Rivkin, NBA star Omri Casspi and Paralympics medallist Moran Samuel.

American swimmer Anthony Ervin and Olympic champion Fabien Gilot complete the line-up at the event in Jerusalem on July 6.

Three Olympians will spearhead Team USA’s challenge at next month’s Games, which are will be themed “80 Countries, One Heart”.

Fencer Eli Dershwitz, rugby sevens star Zach Test and Ervin will lead the USA — the largest delegation to compete at this year’s Jewish Olympics.

General manager Jeff Bukantz will spearhead the squad of more than 1,100 athletes, coaches and managers next month.

He said: “In just over two weeks, Team USA will arrive in Israel for the experience of a lifetime.”

The USA squad features athletes from a number of the top colleges and universities in the country, including Ivy League schools, Georgetown, MIT, Stanford, and Northwestern.

The delegation will be made up of athletes competing in the Junior, Open, Masters and Grand Masters categories across 34 sports.

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