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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...
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

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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

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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

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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...
In Kaunas, Lithuania, a football match between HaKoach Vienna and the local Maccabi team, on Jan. 8, 1925. Credit: Yad Vashem Photo Archives.

Yad Vashem marks Olympics with online exhibitions of Jewish, non-Jewish athletes

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Gymnast Estella Agsteribbe was one of five Jewish women to participate in the Olympic Games in Amsterdam in 1928. She was a trailblazer not only as a Jewish athlete, but as one of the first women...
Olympic symbol logo at Japan New National Stadium in Shinjuku. Credit: Urbanscape/Shutterstock.

‘Follow Team Israel’: Headed for Tokyo, hoping for glory

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Nearly 10 years ago, just before the 2012 London Olympics, new immigrants to Israel David Wiseman and Shari Wright-Pilo noticed a lack of what they considered to be much-needed English-language news and content about...
The Tokyo Olympics. Credit: Olympics.com.

NBC Olympics chooses Israeli ad manager Innovid for production of Tokyo games

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NBC Olympics, a division of the NBC Sports Group, has selected Israeli ad provider Innovid to provide ad-management solutions for its presentation of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan, which are...
Team Israel played against the FDNY (Fire Department of New York) in Brooklyn, N.Y., before embarking on a series of exhibition games on the East Coast that will see them fly to Tokyo to compete in the Summer Olympic Games, July 11, 2021. Photo by Howard Blas.

Back to baseball in Brooklyn and on to Tokyo for Team Israel

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For Team Israel and members of the media who spent three tense, very exciting nights at Maimonides Park in Coney Island, N.Y., back in September 2016, July 11 was a true homecoming. Team Israel played...
Eden Blecher (left) and Shelly Bobritzky will be among only nine artistic-duet teams to compete in the Tokyo Olympics in July 2021. Credit: Israel Swimming Association/FINA.

TV broadcaster in Spain accuses Israeli swimming duo of cover for ‘genocide’

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While two Israeli swimmers took to the podium to await the results in their final qualifying tournament before the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, a broadcaster with a TV station in Spain took the opportunity to...
Linoy Ashram. Credit: European Gymnastics (https://www.europeangymnastics.com/).

Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram wins gold, two silvers at world championship in Italy

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Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram won three medals at the Pesaro Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup in Italy on Sunday. The 21-year-old took home a gold medal for her individual ball routine, which earned her a score...