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Iyad Shalabi in the pool, shortly after winning the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke final. Credit: Isaacson Foundation.

Israel wins first gold in Tokyo Paralympic Games

Israel’s Iyad Shalabi won the gold medal in the 100-meter backstroke in the S1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday, Israel’s first gold in these games and first ever for an Arab Israeli...
Dr. Ariel Nassim. Credit: Courtesy.

US Olympic Committee doctor Ariel Nassim wasn’t star-struck in Tokyo

As a captain point guard for his junior varsity basketball team at the Hebrew Academy of the Five Towns and Rockaway, Ariel Nassim led the Hawks to a championship around two decades ago. While...

August 17, 1911, Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvinnik, world chess champion, was born

On August 17, 1911, Mikhail Moiseyevich Botvínnik was born. A Soviet chess player, world champion several times between 1948 and 1963. At the age of 24, Botvinnik was among the world chess elite, winning...

‘Thrill of victory and agony of defeat’? Paralympic athletes are already winners, say Israelis

Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka and the sports world, meet Pascale Bercovitch, Shraga Weinberg, Moran Samuel and Doron Shaziri. Olympians Biles and Osaka have helped raise awareness about mental health in sports. And the four...
Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram. Source: Linoy Ashram/Instagram.

Linoy Ashram snags gold for Israel in rhythmic gymnastics

Rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram won a gold medal for Israel in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, beating out stiff competition in three separate routines with hoops, ball and ribbon. “It’s what I dreamed of for...
The governor of Tokyo, Yuriko Koike, lights candles in honor of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics at a memorial ceremony on Aug. 1, 2021. Source: Israel in Japan/Twitter.

Widow thanks Olympics for memorial event honoring victims of Munich massacre

An official memorial ceremony was held in Tokyo for the Israeli Olympic athletes who were murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the 1972 Munich Olympics. The event took place at Israel’s embassy in Japan on Sunday....
Israeli world champion judoka Sagi Muki (right) and Iranian champion Saeid Mollaei embrace at the Paris Grand Slam, Feb. 10, 2020. Source: Instagram.

Iranian judo defector Mollaei dedicates Olympics silver medal to Israel

Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei, who now represents Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to the State of Israel after the match on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. “This medal is also dedicated to Israel, and I...
Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko (left) with Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak. Source: Screenshot.

Iranian judoka, Israeli coach record message about peace, friendship in sports

Iranian judoka Vahid Sarlak and Israel’s national women’s judo coach Shani Hershko filmed a message about keeping politics out of sports at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. “I am next to Israeli athletes. I have a great...
Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul. Source: Israel Olympic Committee/Facebook.

Second judoka refuses to compete against Israeli opponent in Tokyo Olympics

A second judoka dropped out of the Olympic Games in Tokyo in order to avoid facing an opponent from Israel. Sudan’s Mohamed Abdalrasool weighed in earlier for his match against Israeli judoka Tohar Butbul in...
Avishag Semberg, 19, celebrates her bronze medal win at the Tokyo Summer Olympics, July 24, 2021. Photo by Amit Shissel/Israeli Olympic Committee.

Avishag Semberg takes bronze in Israel’s first-ever Olympic medal in taekwondo

Israeli athlete Avishag Semberg won a bronze medal in taekwondo at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Saturday. The medal is Israel’s first at the Tokyo games, its first in taekwondo and its 10th...