THE DETROIT JEWISH NEWS
36 Friday, May 12, 1978
Israel Amateur, Competitive Sports Abound
lations and understanding. tempted to send two women yet been recognized.
By DR. URIEL SIMRI
Israel's entry into the
The state was only four _athletes to the Olympic
Wingate Institute for Physical
Education and Sport
months old, in the midst of Games even earlier in Lon- Olympic arena took place at
JERUSALEM—Since its the War of Independence, don, but their participation Helsinki in 1952 and since
very first days, the state of when the national soccer was prevented by a formal- then Israel has participated
Israel has looked upon team of-Israel went to the ity — Palestine had ceased regularly in the Olympic
sports as an outstanding U.S. for a series of games. to exist and the Olympic Games, despite the murder-
means for international re-
In fact, Israel had at- Committee of Israel had not ous attack on its athletes
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and coaches during the of the state of Israel the
Munich games in 1972, Maccabi World Union
which cost the lives of 11 Is- decided to renew the
raelis and almost destroyed Maccabia Games which
the entire Olympic Games. had been held twice in
On the home front, the the 1930's. The Third
two big sport organizations Maccabia took place in
of the country — Hapoel and 1950. Three years later
Maccabi decided to cooper- the games were or-
ate, after "going their own ganized again and since
ways" for about 25 years. then they have been held
Thus at the beginning of the regularly in the year fol-
1950's, national sport fed- lowing the Olympic
erations representing all •Games. They have gained
the organizations in the the status of regional
country came into being. games and thus rank only
With the establishment (Continued on Page 39)
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Tennis has become a major sport in Israel, so much
so, that a national center for tennis has opened at
Ramat Hasharon. The players pictured above are
shown at the tennis courts of the YMCA in Jerusalem.
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On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of their independence,
Harvard Row Mall proudly salutes the brave nation of Israel.