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Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine (blue) competing in 2021. Credit: International Judo Federation.

Algerian judoka gets 10-year ban for refusing to compete against Israeli in Tokyo

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The International Judo Federation (IJF) has banned Algerian judoka Fethi Nourine and his coach, Ammar Benkhalaf, from participating in activities or competitions for 10 years after the athlete withdrew from the 2020 Tokyo Olympic...
Diego Schwartzman. Photo by Howard Blas.

Jews (and even an Israeli) match rackets at US Open

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When Diego Schwartzman outlasted Kevin Johnson in Wednesday night’s rain-drenched match—requiring relocation from Louis Armstrong to Arthur Ashe Stadium mid-game—he became the identified Jewish player who is guaranteed to go deepest in this year’s...
Fatah Central Committee secretary and president of the Palestinian Football Federation Jibril Rajoub speaks during a press conference in Ramallah on Feb. 12, 2014. Photo by Issam Rimawi/Flash90.

Watchdog: IOC must take action against PA for urging boycotts of Israeli athletes

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Palestinian Media Watch sent a complaint to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) against the chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee for his support of boycotts against Israeli athletes. PMW wrote in its letter to the IOC on...
Dr. Ariel Nassim. Credit: Courtesy.

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

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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...

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

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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 rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram (bottom) posing with her gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Village. Source: Facebook/Israel Olympic Committee.

Jewish athletes celebrate Olympic success at Tokyo games

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Many in the Jewish world are sharing in Israel’s record-setting four medal wins at the just-concluded 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Leading the pack were rhythmic gymnast Linoy Ashram and men’s gymnast Artem Dolgopyat, both of whom captured...
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...
Marathoner Beatie Deutsch. Photo by Kinneret Rifkind.

Nothing is impossible for Israel’s most unlikely marathon champ

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It’s not every day that Europe’s largest sportswear manufacturer features an Orthodox Jew on a billboard. But that’s precisely what happened when Adidas portrayed Israeli national marathon and half marathon champion Beatie (Bracha) Deutsch...
Luke Hughes celebrates with his family after being selected in the first round of the NHL draft. Source: Screenshot.

Three Jewish brothers make NHL draft history

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Three Jewish brothers became the first American family to have three siblings picked in the first round of the National Hockey League (NHL) Draft. Luke Hughes, 17, became the third brother in his family to...
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

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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...