Team Israel Lacrosse Inspires At-risk Youth
Team Israel’s David Franklin 08C
Surrounded by young people ready to learn lacrosse techniques, David Franklin 08C served as an ambassador of the sport to thousands of kids in Israel and Holland at private sports camps and exhibitions.
Chances to play on a national sports team don’t come along very often, but for David Franklin 08C the offer to join the Israeli National Lacrosse Team represented far more than a sports opportunity. “In addition to competing internationally at the European Championships, a big part of our program is growing the sport of lacrosse through community service,” says Franklin. The team has also just qualified to compete in the 2014 World Lacrosse Championship.
Team Israel is mostly comprised of players from Israel’s two domestic clubs: Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Lacrosse Club. “I am a member of Jerusalem LC and helped the club to their second Israel League Cup Championship in the second season of Israel Lacrosse’s existence. The Exhibition and Championship series took place at Kraft Family Stadium (as in the New England Patriot’s Kraft Family) in Jerusalem and Hayarkon Sporttek in Tel Aviv upon our national teams’ return from the European Championships in Holland.”
Franklin came “out of retirement” and took professional leave to train vigorously with the team before the championship. As a senior researcher and lead for college hockey, college and professional lacrosse for CBS Sports Network in New York City, Franklin daily demonstrates his passion for the game. “I am beyond fortunate to be given this opportunity to continue doing this kind of work. Giving back and improving the lives of children who didn’t get much of a chance to begin with is the least I can do for a sport that has given me so much.”
Franklin of Jerusalem LC signs autographs after winning the Israel Lacrosse Championship Game in Tel Aviv.
Coaching and Leadership
Franklin explains Team Israel’s mission to educate at-risk children. In 2012, “Over the course of our five week program this summer, we conducted more than twenty youth clinics in Israel putting sticks into the hands of more than 1,500 children.” The team also “conducted a clinic for a large Jewish Youth Group in Holland.”
Franklin has parlayed this experience overseas into domestic opportunities for coaching and exhibitions. “I am volunteering my coaching services with Harlem Lacrosse Leadership. Founded by former Washington University of St. Louis Lacrosse player, Jacob Klein, Harlem Lacrosse Leadership is a group based on fostering the academic and athletic efforts of young, potentially at risk (most middle school-aged) lacrosse players in the Harlem/South Bronx Area,” Franklin explains. “In addition to providing our student athletes with a positive, after school program/experience, the program has been known to send its top players to New England prep schools, on scholarship where they truly have an opportunity to start forming a better life. This opportunity might not have been presented if not for Harlem Lacrosse.”
For Franklin, playing lacrosse again and coaching has brought him full circle back to his Emory days as a player benefitting from valued coaching expertise. “Even years after graduation, Coach David Reed was extremely supportive of my nomination to Team Israel,” Franklin says. “It means the world to me. My Emory sports training and my love of the game prepared me to accept such a personal challenge. More importantly, it’s prepared me to continue the cycle of giving back.”
Battling Wash U for the Harlem Lacrosse Cup
Emory loves to compete with fellow University Athletic Association teams at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. With the help of his friends from Harlem Lacrosse,” Franklin is reviving the tradition out of school with a twist. Both schools play “virtual varsity collegiate lacrosse” in Division II of the MCLA (Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association). Consistent rivals in the 90s and early 2000s, “teams played for the first time in a long time last year in Atlanta, resulting in a 20-7 Wash U win,” Franklin says.
He points out that although the schools are members of the same varsity athletic conference, they are members of different regional leagues of the MCLA. “Both benefit each other’s play by facing off in an annual out-of-conference game.” Franklin is working with Wash U Lacrosse Alum Jake Klein “to set up this grudge match for a number of years.” The victors will be awarded the coveted Harlem Lacrosse Cup each year.
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned to The Post to learn more about Franklin’s younger sister, Heather Franklin 11C, as we explore her career with Teach For America.
What It’s Like to Play Lacrosse in Israel During My Senior Year
It’s practically a dream come true to spend a year living in Ashkelon, Israel, with the Israel National Lacrosse team. I am currently a senior at UMass Amherst and am a member of its women’s lacrosse team. Due to COVID-19, I have the opportunity to continue my studies at UMass by learning remotely.
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I grew up in Wayland, where my love for sports and especially lacrosse began. I had never really had an opportunity to play on teams with other Jewish girls, besides my sister, Jackie. I was pretty much always the only one on my team who was Jewish, both at Wayland High School and at UMass. While training here with the Israel National Team, I have finally been able to do what I love with other Jewish athletes, which has been such an unbelievable experience.
Abby Stoller (Courtesy photo)
We start our mornings here with a team practice, lift, agility and conditioning sessions. We also have Hebrew lessons each week, which has been very helpful. We are even learning vocabulary that we can use on the field with our teammates and coaching local youth.
After practice, we come back to the apartments we are living in, where I take my UMass classes remotely on Zoom. Our apartment is amazing! It’s a beautiful new high-rise building overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. I love spending time with my roommates on the balcony, where we hang out, and it’s also a great place to get homework done. After class, I typically return to the field to coach Israeli youth, which is my favorite part about the program.
I truly love growing the game of lacrosse in Israel. It has been especially rewarding to see the joy young Israeli athletes experience while playing a competitive sport. I love how it’s a mutual learning experience for the gap-year participants and the Israeli players as they teach us all about their language, culture and lifestyle.
Not only are we able to tour the beautiful beach city of Ashkelon, we also tour the rest of the country. We have visited Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Dead Sea, a kibbutz in the South and many hikes in between. I can’t wait to see more of the country this semester! Israel has also done an amazing job at vaccinating its citizens, and I am so fortunate to be receiving the vaccine shortly. While this is not how I imagined my senior year of college, the current world situation has afforded me the opportunity of a lifetime.
I look forward to representing Israel in future international competitions and bringing my experience here back to my community. I am so grateful for Masa Israel Journey, Israel Lacrosse Association and Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston for helping me pursue this life-changing experience.
Abby Stoller is a senior at UMass Amherst majoring in psychology and education. She grew up in Wayland.
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England Vs Israel – 5 Days, 5 Games
This past week in Israel, the sport of lacrosse allowed me to do something I’ve never done before.
For the majority of any money I’ve ever had in my pocket, I’ve earned those dollars doing something either directly involved with lacrosse or the job came through a lacrosse buddy or I’ve been somewhere playing/coaching lacrosse for a period of time, and also got a job. I was hurting for money pretty bad when I was in college, five years of spending with not a whole lot coming back in.
I was busy enough with school and playing that working wasn’t really a possibility, so I turned back to lacrosse to help make a couple bucks. I went and got certified with the Genesee Valley Lacrosse Officials Association in 2011. Youth games on weekends and a couple scattered tournaments throughout the year put pizza money in my pocket. I didn’t do it for professional advancement, I didn’t do it because I liked it.
I ended up loving it, and the bigger prize at the end of the day wasn’t a paycheck – I was becoming a more well-rounded lacrosse player/coach/official/fan/person. I knew more than I did before. I learned the rules by the letter, not by interpretation as I had since I started playing when I needed help tying my shoes.
England Vs Israel – 5 Days, 5 Games
When I found myself standing at midfield this past week during a national anthem, I wasn’t wearing the uniform I’m used to wearing. I wasn’t hearing anthems I’m used to hearing. England’s national team was standing on my left, and Israel’s national team was on my right. I was wearing stripes, and I had the Talking Heads moment of “how did I get here?”
No, seriously. How did I get here?
England traveled to Israel to play an aggressive schedule of five games in five days in five different cities throughout Israel. The team arrived from Manchester Tuesday evening in Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International airport. The weary travelers would only have a few hours rest before rising again to catch a six AM bus to the southern city of Kiryat Gat, where England and Israel would square off for round one.
England and Israel have a strong rivalry. Israel’s breakout performance in Denver’s 2014 World
Championships was snubbed by the English in a one-goal game that ensured England would remain a blue group member for the next four years, and adversely kept Israel from climbing the ranks into the top six.
2016 saw the two heavyweights meet again in Gooodoollo’s European Championship game. Israel and England both barreled through their pools and playoff games, with an instant classic played out for the gold medal. Israel battled hard and was able to tame the English offense that had been pounding the rest of the European field, but in the end England’s veteran offense sealed the deal with yet another one-goal victory for gold.
The taste of two consecutive losses by one goal each surely isn’t a favorable flavor, especially with the prospects of joining the blue division and winning a European Championship both cut short by literally the smallest margins possible. Even so, there exists the mutual respect and friendship between the programs. Excellent competition and gentlemen’s conduct between both teams have fostered the relationship to make these games possible, and other programs throughout the world should look to create similar bonds with sister nations.
Photo Credit: Justin Meyer
Before the game could happen, England would need some help, and sportsmanship would have to be demonstrated. Whether it was the airline’s fault or the airport on either end, the long poles for England didn’t arrive with the remainder of the gear bags. All the Israel Lacrosse youth coaches went scrambling to find eight longsticks and a handful of short sticks so that the English could have sticks to play with.
True to history, these games turned out to be phenomenal contests decided by the familiar margin of one goal. Game one in Kiryat Gat was an excellent indicator of the four remaining contests, with England repeating 2016’s final score of 7-6 in their favor.
In the last two minutes of the game, I blew a tire. David Seidman had brought me over a pair of brand- new ten-year- old ref shoes. MLL issue, in my size. The glue had dry rotted or something, because one shoe blew out completely right before the last faceoff, and the other wasn’t far behind.
I pulled the rest of the sole off each shoe and considered reffing the remaining games in the shoes sans soles. As luck (understatement) would have it, Israel Lacrosse Director and good buddy Scott Neiss had been visited by his father two or three weeks ago, and his father had forgotten his brand new black Sketchers at my apartment… in my size. I don’t think I’ve ever worn Sketchers in my life up until this week… I do have to say they are indeed comfortable.
Thursday was an excellent day. Following day one’s early game, the English returned back to Netanya to rest up after an exhilarating first game and to recoup the rest of the hours lost to the travel day prior. Thursday’s (day two) venture would prove to be the highlight of the trip for England’s national team. The team loaded up onto the bus and headed up into the hills to Jerusalem.
Ahead of a night game at the brand-spankin’ new Kraft Family Sports Complex in Jerusalem, the English team was treated to guided tour courtesy of Israel’s Tourism Board. The tour included a stop at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Western Wall, and a very special and sobering tour of Israel’s world-famous Yad Vashem. Yad Vashem is the country’s national Holocaust museum, with countless pieces from one of history’s darkest days lining the walls for the world to see. This tour had an extra layer of significance.
Just as fate would have it, England’s tour of Jerusalem and subsequently their tour of Yad Vashem fell on Israel’s Holocaust Remembrance Day. Sirens blared at ten that morning, and for one solid minute, the country stood still. Cars stopped in the middle of the highway. The construction workers on the roof next to my flat dropped their tools and stared off into the distance. Kids on bikes stopped in their tracks. It was eerie, it was respectful, and it’s something I’ll remember for a very long time. To tour such a heavy-hearted place on such a heavy-hearted day clearly resonated in the 33 English players, coaches, and staff. I heard the day best described as “an attack on all of your senses and emotions”.
I think the tour had a profound effect on the English team, and it was visible from where I stood. I, of course was standing on the field for game two, and England looked as though they were sleepwalking about the field. A large crowd had turned out to support the Jerusalem residents playing on the Israeli National Team. I think the combination of the cheering, the weight of the day, and a re-energized Israeli team caught England in a funk.
England went down by a margin of four goals at one point and trailed by two at the half. Whatever was said by English head coach Tom Wenham did the trick, and a barrage of transition offense backed up by stifling defense and goaltending upended Israel’s early efforts. Israel couldn’t improve on the previous day’s six goals, while England improved to notch one additional score for a final of 10-8.
Photo Credit: Justin Meyer
There were a lot of really interesting moments for this game, including a goaltending start by Reuven Dressler, and an amazing individual effort goal by Yochanan Katz to tie the game at one point. Dressler played for Yale in the early 90’s before moving to Jerusalem to practice medicine, and Katz now lives a religious life with his family in Jerusalem after living and working as a lifty in Vail for a number of years.
Both have been able to pursue their lacrosse careers and the weight of the opportunity to compete against the English National Team at home in Jerusalem was certainly not lost on them. Friday’s game three would be a quick turnaround. Faceoff was scheduled for 10:00AM in Ashkelon – a southern city where Israel Lacrosse has enjoyed the most success in creating youth programs. An estimated 2,000 kids were bussed in from local schools to watch game three in Ashkelon’s main stadium.
In addition to being in the city’s premier stadium with the most fans in attendance of the five games, this would also be the game that Sport 5 would be broadcasting live. Sport 5 is Israel’s ESPN, and as much as you watch ESPN, Israeli’s watch Sport 5. An incredible production crew did an amazing job at filming and producing the game, especially when you note that these camera crews had shot nothing but soccer on these fields. The camera angles and when to show which camera is a completely different mechanic, and these guys did a brilliant job.
Israel came out to their slowest start. Fatigue might have begun to set in, with the boys falling to a six- goal deficit after the first half. I was asked at halftime “if Israel had a chance to come back, and what would be the percent chance of that comeback” and I gave a very modest 20% chance. FIL quarters are twenty minutes long, and six goals in forty minutes is definitely feasible.
Vegas would’ve lost their shorts on the second half spread. Israel pumped two quick ones, and took advantage of a one-minute penalty with two tallies late in the third quarter. Only technical fouls are releasable by a goal in FIL lacrosse, with personals all being full-time served penalties. I like this concept, with teams being rewarded for scoring early in the man-up, and then rushing back to the line to try and win the faceoff to double down.
Anyone who turned off the game early truly missed out on a nailbiter. Israel tied the game up late in the game, and overtime looked like a sure bet. England had no intentions of repeating their 10-9 OT win from 2014, as they notched their tenth goal in the last minute of play. The scores of 2014 and 2016 had now both been repeated, and it was apparent to everyone on either sideline that the scores of the past were no fluke. England was now 5-0 against Israel since 2014, with a positive goal differential of only +6 over those five games. It doesn’t get much closer than that.
The first three games involved traveling to and from games about an hour and a half from the hotel for the English. By Israeli standards, this is quite far. Games four and five would be much closer to Netanya, where the team was staying to get a better feel for how things will be in July. Herzliya played host for game four, which turned out to be England’s most dominant performance. The game was played tight to start, but back to back “make it-take it” goals and dominant clearing and transition play from a disciplined and well-conditioned England simply buried Israel. A final score of 14-6 proved to be the highest scoring affair of the entire week.
The last game was the Netanya game. Four days of traversing Israel had given England the opportunity to play blue division caliber games in brilliant complexes like the Kraft Family Sports Complex and Ashkelon Stadium. In addition to the lacrosse, the boys were able to to sit on the beautiful beaches (surely a welcomed break from England’s perpetually grey skies) and had the opportunity to tour ancient cities.
This last day of lacrosse was now an opportunity to play a game in Netanya – host city of the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championships. England is the only team who will be scoring goals and taking checks in Israel before July, and I for one think this is a huge competitive advantage. Not only are they becoming familiar with the area, but as Coach Wenham pointed out, they’re putting their bodies through mock trauma that will simulate July’s intense 10-day schedule and the blistering heat of Israel’s summer months.
Game five turned out to be a return to normalcy, and normalcy is intense competition between these two teams. Goals were traded back and forth the entirety of the game, with neither team ever commanding play, and no lead ever exceeding two goals. Goal of the game came when Netanya native Ori Bar David trucked through an English defender and buried a shot past the goaltender. Bar David is one of Israel Lacrosse’s best domestically grown players, and his game-tying goal got the a hero’s cheer from the crowd of Netanya Lacrosse players and 100 of
Ori’s high school classmates.
England scored another late game dagger with less than two minutes remaining in the game. A ground ball scrum on the next faceoff ensued, with bodies and sticks flying falling to the turf chasing that ever-important last ground ball. Israel came up with the bull ultimately with one minute remaining, and a timeout ensured that there would be one final attempt to tie the game and give the series an overtime game.
Israel was unable to get the ball on cage as time expired, after being hounded by a double team that engulfed the ball carrier in stick checks and bodies. The final clock expired with the score of 10-9 repeated once again in England’s favor. England had more goals that Israel at full time in each of the five games. England, by rule (yes, there is actually a rule in the FIL rule book about this) wins the game because they had more goals… but does that make them the only winner?
Who really won here?
England – Touring, Blue division level competition, and an exclusive opportunity to play in
Israel/Netanya ahead of the World Championships. Even if they had lost all of these games, I still think England comes out the supreme winner after the five day tour.
Israel – This was Israel’s first ever home game series as a true national team. There is the Israel Premier Lacrosse League, as well as youth games constantly being played, but this was THE first national team game against another national team in Israel. That opportunity was capitalized upon with the streaming of one game on Sport 5 and then re-streamed via LaxAllStars. As of yesterday, more than 30,000 unique viewers viewed the game via LaxAllStars’ online outlets, and that’s not counting ANY of the tens of thousands of Israelis who got their first look at lacrosse at home.
Israel also capitalized on the magnitude of these games, having mayors and ambassadors from different municipalities present at each of the five games. Some of these folks had no idea what they were watching, but that’s okay. They watched it, they saw the level of competition, and they saw the professionalism in which the games were produced. Lacrosse in Israel definitely gets a win.
The World Championships – I’m currently living/working over in Israel for the 2018 World
Championships, and we most certainly got an opportunity to have a very controlled dry run at doing the big things like managing transportation logistics and seeing how long a tour of Jerusalem takes a team. We also got the very minute details of how to properly do anthems and specific game day operations were extremely efficient by day five. The World Championships got huge wins this week – not to mention that two of the top ten teams were the guinea pigs! It doesn’t get much better!
Brian – Yep. I win too. All four referees win, honestly. The other three gentlemen will be officiating games during the World Championships, so getting reps with two of the top ten teams in the world played five games in five days straight! Every referee has the opportunity to learn from mistakes after every game with constructive criticism from senior officials, but not so often do you get the opportunity to go right back out there the next day to fix said mistakes. And so it was, my first ever FIL reffing assignment is to officiate a rematch of the 2016 Euro final. Not once, but over and over and over. That doesn’t happen. I made some mistakes, as every other participant in the game does from the coaches to the players to the scorekeepers, but I’m of the opinion I held my own.
I got better at lacrosse this week. I didn’t score goals, I called them, and I facilitated the game. I’m of the opinion that if you’re going to Grow the Game, you need to be able to referee or umpire a game. I’m not advocating that everyone gets into reffing full time and quits coaching/playing. That said, if we all took a class, learned some of the ticky-tack in the rules by the letter of the law, and got certified, we would have infinitely more knowledgeable coaches creating infinitely smarter players with drastically fewer parents demanding loose ball trip calls from the sideline.
I got into reffing for the money. I still play because it’s fun. I got into writing because I’m downright rotten at telling stories in person. Coaching came about because I felt/feel an obligation to give what I have to the next generation. I got into organizing tournaments and teams because frankly the thought of the 9-5 lifestyle gives me anxiety.
I look left and right, England is over there, Israel is over there. I’m wearing stripes. I’m standing in a country I really had no plans of ever seeing, living and working to make the biggest World Championships in history come to life.
Learn to ref.
Be a student of the game.
Grow the game.
Come to Netanya and take part in the 2018 World Lacrosse Championships, however you can!
Bayville hosts international lacrosse game that celebrates 2 cultures
The Village of Bayville transformed into an international celebration hub Sunday afternoon as national lacrosse teams from Ireland and Israel faced off for a match during St. Patrick’s Day weekend and Purim.
More than 100 fans — dressed in green clothing and hats or white and blue attire to support their respective teams — packed the stands at the outdoor field that sits yards from the edge of the Long Island Sound.
A DJ took turns playing both Israeli and Irish music while the two teams warmed up on the field at Centre Island Town Park. U.S., Irish and Israeli flags fluttered in the wind as the national anthems of all three countries were played before the 2 p.m. start of the match.
Michael Kennedy, chief executive of Ireland Lacrosse, said Sunday’s game came together by chance after his team planned its training camp for St. Patrick’s Day weekend. After talking to Scott Neiss, executive director of the Israel Lacrosse Association, and realizing the holidays were in such proximity, the cross-cultural game day was born.
“We know there’s a huge Jewish community in New York and a huge Irish community in New York, and it’s great for both teams to be able to connect to those communities on major days for both countries. It’s absolutely special,” Kennedy said.
Both teams are preparing for the 2014 world championship in July in Denver, which will feature teams from 38 countries, Neiss said. Ireland is ranked No. 9 in the world. Israel is not yet ranked because its team has not participated in world competition.
Long Islanders had a strong presence among the intercultural mix, with seven Island-based players on the Israel team — as well as their head coach, Bill Beroza, who originally hails from Hempstead — along with six players on Ireland’s team.
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The two teams scrimmaged in an exhibition game in 2012 before the European championships, but this is the first time the Israeli team is playing on American soil, Neiss said. The players on the Ireland team will be marching in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan Monday.
Before the game, children took part in a youth lacrosse clinic, where many donated equipment for players in Israel and Ireland who cannot afford the expensive sticks and cleats, Neiss said.
Several family members and friends came to support Daniel Devery, a defender on the Israel team who briefly lived in East Setauket and has now lived in Israel for the past two years. While they cheered for Israel, they brought together their Jewish and Irish heritage that is spread throughout their family.
Devery’s grandmother Sally Shakun, formerly of Stony Brook, but now of Cranbury, N.J., donned a bright blue feather boa and matching white hat. Devery’s sister, Rebecca Devery, 23, of Princeton, N.J., wore a tall green leprechaun hat.
“It’s awesome,” Rebecca Devery said. “I’m always so proud of my brother and it’s great to be here.”
As for his team’s 11-10 win over Israel, Kennedy said their eyes are now on July.
“It’s what we call ‘on the road to Denver,’ ” he said.
Baltimoreans to Play in Lacrosse World Championship Games in Israel
Four years ago, Matt Popeck was a camper at the Top 205 Lacrosse Camp in Towson, and his roommate, David Metzger, arrived a day late. The reason? An Israel Lacrosse event.
“What’s that?” Popeck, then a sophomore at Sherwood High in Olney, Md., asked Metzger.
Back then, the organization known as the Israel Lacrosse Association was just getting off the ground. Now, only seven years after its small group of co-founders informally pulled off their first exhibition game at the Kraft Family Stadium in Jerusalem, Israel Lacrosse will be hosting the sport’s top international event — the Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship.
From July 12-21, 48 teams will compete in the northern Israeli coastal town of Netanya. Opening and closing ceremonies will be held at the city’s 14,000-seat Shefayim Soccer Complex, with the bulk of the tournament’s 160 games played at the nearby Wingate Institute.
Nearly 2,000 players, coaches and staff from around the world – not to mention thousands of family members, friends and fans — are expected to attend.
Fourteen tournament games will be broadcast on ESPN2 or ESPNU, including Israel’s matchup on July 12 against Jamaica — yes, Jamaica — with the rest of the games showing on ESPN’s streaming service and local TV in Israel.
More than 150 people from the Baltimore metropolitan area are expected to attend the tournament. Like Popeck, Baltimore resident Matt Cherry, a member of Israel’s 2014 team in Denver – which finished seventh in its international debut– will be there. Cherry captained Israel’s 2014 world championship team and went on to serve in the Israel Defense Forces on the Gaza border.
Jean Luc-Chetner, who plays lacrosse at Towson University, will also play in the championship games. He will play for Team Israel.
For the past nine months, Popeck has lived in Ashkelon, Baltimore’s sister city in Israel, coaching and teaching youth lacrosse full-time. He plans to start his college studies at Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia this fall.
“I don’t want to sound cliché, but this has been a life-changing thing for me,” Popeck said of Israel Lacrosse, “and it’s only getting bigger.”
This year will mark the first time that the competition, launched in 1967, was held in a country other than the United States, Canada, England or Australia.
The English city of Manchester was originally slated to be the host for this year’s championship. But it withdrew its bid due to logistical problems. Soon afterward, Scott Neiss and a small group of his fellow Israel Lacrosse co-founders – including Mark Greenberg, a Johns Hopkins University All-American defenseman, Team USA member and National Lacrosse Hall of Famer — held a quick conference call and decided to submit their first-ever offer to host the championship.
Two weeks later, with facilities and hotel proposals buttoned up, it was official.
“Ultimately, we wanted to be able to do this, but this fell in our lap sooner than anyone could have anticipated,” Greenberg said. “If you know the sport and the fraternity that it is, it’s a pretty special situation. Now, this is about everybody feeling good about the country and the sport. We’ve always seen that lacrosse has been a door-opener to people.”
Last April, Israel hosted 12 international lacrosse teams in a series of five exhibition games, including one in Ashkelon.
In 2013, Israel’s first official youth lacrosse program started in Ashkelon and spread from there. The organization now holds youth clinics and fields teams in the Israeli cities of Beersheva, Ashdod, Kiryat Gat, Herzliya, Sderot and Haifa.
“We’re creating new advocates for the country,” said Neiss, Israel Lacrosse’s executive director. “In a lot of ways, we’re the anti-BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement] that’s trying to chip away at Israel and convince artists to not perform in Israel. We’re bringing people here instead.”
For information about Israel Lacrosse, visit israellacrosse.com. For information about the 2018 FIL World Lacrosse Championship, visit worldlacrosse2018.com.
Corey McLaughlin is a Baltimore-based freelance writer.
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Paparo Named To Israel Lacrosse National Team
NETANYA, Israel – University of Massachusetts men’s lacrosse junior close defenseman Isaac Paparo was chosen for Israel Lacrosse’s 2018 FIL World Championship roster, as announced by the organization on Wednesday. One of only seven defenseman selected to the roster, Paparo will have the opportunity to represent his Jewish heritage with participation in the upcoming tournament, scheduled for July 12-21, 2018, in Netanya, Israel.
“This is a great opportunity to represent Israel in the world games this upcoming summer,” Paparo said. “It’s a great group of guys who all have the same common goal of putting Israel at the top of the international lacrosse scene. Playing on home turf next summer is going to be special as Israel has tremendous growth opportunities in expanding the game of lacrosse. I cannot thank the staff and the whole association enough for giving me this opportunity. I am truly looking forward to wearing the Blue and White.”
Over his two completed seasons as a Minuteman, Paparo owns 73 groundballs alongside 39 caused turnovers, including a program-record 33 created as a sophomore last season. He split his first two years between long-stick midfielder and close defenseman, and received second team All-CAA in both campaigns.
The Israel Nation Team roster is composed of Israeli players, as well as members of the Jewish Diaspora, in accordance with the rules and regulations of the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL). In conjunction with the Israel Lacrosse Tzedakah Program, each player will be competing in honor of a charity of their choosing.
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2018 Israel Men’s World Lacrosse Championship Roster
A – Mor Cohen – Tel Aviv, Israel
A – Ryan Hunter – Herzliya, Israel
A – Eric Fischer – Be’er Sheva, Israel
A – Zachary Pall – Mobile, Alabama
A – Alexander Rabin – Netanya, Israel
A – Marc Skolnick – Be’er Sheva, Israel
A – Ari Sussman – New Haven, Connecticut
M – Lidor Ashtamkar – Ramle, Israel
M – Kyle Bergman – New York, New York
M – Jean-Luc Chetner – Coquitlam, Canada
M – Matthew Flapan – Tel Aviv, Israel
M – Ian Kadish – Salt Lake City, Utah
M – Ori Bar David – Netanya, Israel
M – Josh Offit – Bethesda, Maryland
M – Noah Molnar – Newport Beach, California
M – Daniel Leventhal – Chappaqua, New York
M – Yochanan Katz – Jerusalem, Israel
M – Max Kaufman – Ashkelon, Israel
M – Seth Mahler – Ashkelon, Israel
M – Max Seibald – Hewlett, New York
M – Jacob Silberlicht – Sderot, Israel
M – Nick Steinfeld – Pacific Palisades, California
D – Eric Cantor – Ashkelon, Israel
D – Chris Friedman – Ashkelon, Israel
D – Andrew Kruter – Bellmore, New York
D – Isaac Paparo – Westport, Connecticut
D – Matt Popeck – Ashkelon, Israel
D – Jonathan Rathauser – Tel Aviv, Israel
D – Ben Smith – Longmeadow, Massachusetts
G – Eric Schneider – Massapequa, New York
Injured Reserve: Matthew Cherry, Bryan Hopper, Zachary Ornstein
General Manager: Brad MacArthur
Head Coach: Bill Beroza
Assistant Coaches: Michael Horowitz, Jeff Schwartz, Eric Wolf
Director of Scouting: Jordan Hirsch
Silberlicht Named Head Coach of Israel Men’s National Team
NETANYA, Israel – Boston University men’s lacrosse assistant coach Max Silberlicht has been named head coach of the Israel Men’s National Team.
In addition to his full-time duties with the Terriers, Silberlicht takes over as head coach of an Israeli team that is preparing for the 2020 European Championship in Wrocław, Poland, followed by the 2022 FIL World Championship in Vancouver, Canada.
Silberlicht is no stranger to the international stage, as he served as head coach of Latvia from 2016-2018, leading their men’s national team to a program-best No. 18 world ranking following July’s World Championship in Israel.
“I am beyond excited to be the next head coach of the Israel Men’s National Team,” said Silberlicht. “I must first thank the leadership of the Israel Lacrosse Association for this opportunity. I must also thank the Latvian Lakross Federation and all the people, coaches and players that worked with me during my tenure with Latvia. Without them, I would not be prepared to lead the Israeli team going forward.”
Silberlicht enters his second season with the Terriers in 2019 after a successful first year as the goalkeepers coach as well as an assistant with the BU defense in 2018. He coached Joe McSorley to an outstanding first season as the starting goalkeeper. An Academic All-Patriot League selection, McSorley finished 12th in the entire NCAA and first in the Patriot League with an average of 11.59 saves per game. He was also second in the Patriot League with a .520 save percentage.
“I’m very confident in our choice to name Max as our next head coach,” said Bill Beroza, who stepped down as Israel’s head coach after the 2018 World Championship. “Max has years of high-level NCAA coaching experience, but also has the unique path in building Team Latvia as a head coach at the international level. Along with his Jewish roots and his connection to the program, he is the right person to man our sidelines for our flagship team.”
Football. The Israeli national team will be able to play in Florence :: Football :: RBK Sport
Representatives of the Italian city of Florence have offered the Israeli Football Federation to hold a qualifying match for the European Championship against the Cyprus team at the Artemio Franchi stadium. Note that UEFA still does not allow official matches to be held in Israel due to security concerns. Therefore, representatives of this country are forced to look for backup options. We add that last year, “Hapoel” held a UEFA Cup match against English “Leeds” in Florence and lost with a score of 1-4, AP reports.
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Representatives of the Italian city of Florence have offered the Israeli Football Federation to hold a qualifying match for the European Championship against the Cyprus team at the Artemio Franchi stadium. Note that UEFA still does not allow official matches to be held in Israel due to security concerns. Therefore, representatives of this country are forced to look for backup options. We add that last year, “Hapoel” held a UEFA Cup match against English “Leeds” in Florence and lost with a score of 1-4, AP reports.
90,000 Israel reported an attack on the Hamas tunnel network in the Gaza Strip – RBK
The military claims that this is the most massive attack on militants since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict. The strike struck underground launch sites and tunnels used by Hamas to attack Israel
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The Israel Defense Forces carried out a massive bombing of a network of tunnels in the Gaza Strip, which is used by militants for attacks.The Times of Israel reports.
IDF on Twitter cites a video of the airstrike. According to the Israeli armed forces, the Hamas underground launch sites in the northern part of the Gaza Strip were attacked.
According to the Times of Israel, about 160 aircraft attacked the tunnel network around midnight on May 14th. The publication, citing the military, calls this the largest strike by the Israeli army since the beginning of the escalation of the conflict.
According to the IDF, the air raid lasted about 40 minutes, about 450 shells were fired at 150 targets in the area of the city of Beit Lahiya.Now the military is determining the extent of the damage done to the militants.
IOC recognized Sambo and Cheerleading. What does this mean and how many medals will it bring to Russia?
What is the use of new members in the IOC family and when girls with pipidastra become Olympians.
Before the start of the Olympic competitions, the first of which starts on the night from Tuesday to Wednesday (softball match Australia – Japan), the International Olympic Committee held a session at which it made a decision that was pleasant for us. Federations are officially recognized in six sports: sambo, cheerleading, lacrosse, icestock, kickboxing and muay thai. In other words, these federations, according to the IOC, fulfill the requirements of the committee, correspond to the new status in terms of geography and representation of participants.
Recognition does not mean inclusion in the Olympics
However, this does not mean that it will soon be included in the number of Olympic sports. Moreover, it is unlikely that in the foreseeable future, in principle, any of this will appear in the program.The Summer Olympics are already swelling with the number of disciplines. There are two options – either to throw out something else, or finally to extend its terms. The FIFA World Cup lasts a month, the Rugby and Cricket World Cups – one and a half. The Olympics could have been thrown at least three days, postponed some competitions to the days before the opening and made a full three Olympic weeks. But these are additional organizational difficulties, television coverage issues, and so on.
The fact that there is no guarantee of getting into the Olympic program is perfectly proven by the example of bandy.It was officially recognized by the IOC in 2004, since then dozens of teams have debuted at the World Championships, including the exotic national team of Somalia, the Games have been held in Sochi, where they wanted to make this sport a demonstration, and things are still there.
In 2013, the IOC recognized motorsport as compliant. However, it is clear that a revolution must take place for Nikita Mazepin and Daniil Kvyat to go for the Russian national team in Formula 1 at the Olympics.
Success of the Russian lobby
On the other hand, new recruits to the IOC family are welcome.Sambo is our national sport, Russia traditionally takes away almost everything that is on the medal counter. At the last world championship, ours won 17 out of 27 gold medals, three were from Belarus, two from Ukraine and Uzbekistan, and the only country outside the former socialist bloc with gold was Cameroon.
Dmitry Svishchev, head of the State Duma Committee on Physical Culture, Sports, Tourism and Youth Affairs, said that he was now waiting for SAMBO to be included in the Olympic program.
– We need to congratulate the federation, this is a huge work of the community and the recognition of Russian sports.Sambo is a sport with a long history. Now there is already hope for the future that he will become a full-fledged representative in the Olympic program. We are waiting, – said the politician.
Of course, against the background of all the problems of Russian sports, the recognition of sambo is a victory for our lobbying, which is rare.
There are chances in cheerleading, but in Russia there is a dual power
The situation in cheerleading is rather unusual for Russia. There are two organizations functioning at once – the Union of Cheersport and Cheerleading of Russia, recognized by the International Union, but there is also the Cheerleading Federation of Russia. Apparently, the relationship between them is, to put it mildly, competitive.
We have titles at the European level, but North Americans are strong in the world – and not only the USA and Canada, but also Mexico. FCR President Evgeny Shurmanov was optimistic about the prospects for sports:
– This is a very significant event for our entire sport, for many years we have fulfilled all the indicators in terms of the number of countries, participants, only in Russia about a million people are engaged in it. Yes it is grassroots football! God himself ordered him to be recognized as a full-fledged Olympic form.
– How did you calculate?
– If only 2.5 thousand people regularly enter the championship of the Sverdlovsk region, then there are under a million people, believe me. And given the fact that the United States is the founders, by 2028 in Los Angeles it will definitely be Olympic. Or maybe already in Paris in 2024. Russia has good chances for medals in several disciplines, so, of course, this sport will bring awards. And we won European tournaments even when this sport was not recognized by anyone in Russia.Imagine what the leap will be now.
President of the SChSSR Andrei Kokulin was more restrained:
– We have known about this decision for two weeks since the meeting of the executive committee. Of course we are. But to say that now it will become Olympic is premature. There will definitely not be any 2024, everything has already been agreed in Paris. And only 140 thousand people are engaged in it officially, according to the register. Yes, the number is growing, but it’s not a million, it’s not true. And those European awards that Shurmanov talks about were won thanks to our accreditation.
It remains to be hoped that by the time the sport is recognized as Olympic, our cheerleaders will figure it out and divide the quotas among themselves.
We play lacrosse and ice stock, we win in single combats
Lacrosse and ice stock are less known in Russia. What is most interesting is that it was they who were presented at the Olympics just in due time. Lacrosse is quite popular around the world, especially in North America. At the last World Championship in Israel, 46 teams took part, and Russia was among them.True, our masters of net clubs became only 36. Lacrosse is interesting in that, along with other countries, there is a team of Iroquois Indians. And she even took bronze at the last tournament. So in terms of geography, he may well enter the Olympics now – instead of baseball, for sure. There is lacrosse both outdoors and indoors, so in theory you could even think of four sets of medals. At the Olympics, he was in 1904-1908 and as a demonstration in 1928, 1932 and 1948.
Eisstock is reminiscent of outdoor curling, but is now being carried out under a roof. Participants throw special shells – stocks. Either as close to the center as possible, or at a distance. The sport, both individual and team, is popular in Germany and the Alpine countries. The Russian national team participated in the last world championship, but took places outside the first two dozen. But, for example, the Russian player Nikita Trigubov was invited to take part in the demonstration of the ice stock for the IOC at the Youth Olympic Games.
One thing can be said about Muay Thai and kickboxing – for Russia it is a treasure trove of medals. At the last world championship in Muay Thai, we lost in the medal standings only to Thailand, in the amateur team kickboxing ours take most of the gold. The appearance of these sports in the program of the Russian Olympics only plays into the hands. But there are so many martial arts at the Olympics. Could replace, for example, karate and taekwondo.
Another nuance is also interesting – the recognition of sports by the IOC means a stricter attitude towards anti-doping sanctions against Russia.The sports submitted for accreditation have already signed the WADA Code, which means they must comply with the requirements of the organization – before the start of the season, they caught up with the same Mazepin even in Formula 1. So now, for example, a unique situation will develop in SAMBO – the most successful country should compete at the World Championship under a neutral flag.
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Baseball has been played in Israel since the 1980s, but for a long time this game was only of interest to repatriates from North America and American citizens living in Israel.For the whole country by the year there was only one specialized baseball field and about the number of people involved in this sport on an ongoing basis . The Israeli Professional Baseball League, created in the year, ceased to exist after one season. 
However, the year the Israeli national team took part in the selection for one of the most prestigious international competitions – the World Baseball Classic. Since, according to the rules of this tournament, the players of the national team are not required to be citizens of the country they represent, if they have the right to obtain its citizenship, American Jews were involved in the Israeli team. In the next World Classics draw, the Israeli team, which still consisted mainly of US citizens, successfully passed not only qualification, but also the first group stage of the main tournament after victories over rivals from South Korea, Taiwan, the Netherlands and Cuba. 
In the year, the Israeli national team, this time entirely composed of citizens of the country, first took 4th place in the European Championship, and then won the European-African selection for the Olympic Games, beating all rivals .Thus, the Games of the Year were the first since the year to which Israel sent a national team in a team sport game .
The Israeli Lacrosse Association was founded in the year and the game is rapidly gaining popularity in the country where the league of eight teams was created. The Israeli national team became the silver medalist at the European Championship of the Year and the winner of the European Indoor Championship of the Year. In the year after Manchester refused to host the World Cup, this tournament with the participation of 46 national teams was moved to Netanya in Israel .
The national team of the host country took the final seventh place in the World Championship . The popularity of tennis in Israel is evidenced by the fact that there are 14 tennis centers in the country, the largest of which is in the city of Ramat Hasharon in the center of the country. The grandstands of the center in Ramat Hasharon can accommodate up to 4 thousand spectators. Tel-Aviv Open. The Israeli national team has been participating in the Davis Cup since the first year after the proclamation of the state. Her highest achievement was participation in the semifinals of the World Group in the year, the worst result was the transition to the 2nd European-African group in the year.
The most productive player of the national team was Shlomo Glikshtein – 44 won matches, including 31 in singles . The Israeli women’s national team has been participating in the Federation Cup for a year and has been in the World Group for five years. In the year after losing to the national teams of Russia and the Czech Republic, the Israeli national team dropped into the Second World Group, and the next year, losing to the national teams of Ukraine and Estonia, it lost its place in the top division of the tournament .
In the first case, the Israelis lost to future Olympic silver medalists, and in the second – to future champions.The highest places in the professional singles rankings among Israeli tennis players were held by Amos Mansdorf, winner of six ATP tournaments in the eighth place of the year and Shahar Peer in the eighth place of the year. At the beginning of the 21st century, the leading Israeli tennis players were: The Israelis have won the prestigious Orange Bowl junior tournament three times, a victory in which is seen as a guarantee of future success in adult tennis.
This was done by Shahar Peer in the age category up to 14 years old, and later Ishai Oliel achieved it twice – a year in the category up to 12 years old  and a year in the category up to 14 years old .In the year, the summer Oliel also became the winner of the French Open in doubles among youths . Already in the Middle Ages, such rabbinic authorities as Menachem Meiri, Abraham ibn Ezra and Moshe Isserles, the rabbis of Ancona and Cremona spoke positively about chess, opposed it to gambling and stipulated the right of Jews to play chess on Saturday. Many prominent chess players of the past have emerged from the yeshiva students.
Emanuel Lasker at one time tried to explain the traditionally large representation of Jews among chess players by the fantasy and will, which were developed as a result of difficult historical conditions – qualities necessary for a chess player .Chess circles in Eretz Israel began to appear even before the First World War. Since a year, a chess magazine has been published in the country .
During the mandate period, the Chess Society of the Land of Israel operated on the territory of Palestine since the year of the Chess Federation of Israel, under the auspices of which the first five championships of the country were held from year to year. In the years before World War II, the Palestinian national team took part in the international chess Olympiads twice in the same year. Israel’s participation in the Chess Olympiads resumed in the year.Abram Blass, a repatriate from Poland, became the first champion of mandate Palestine.
Another leader of Palestinian and then Israeli chess and the six-time champion of Israel was Joseph Porat, a repatriate from Germany . At the Chess Olympiad in Buenos Aires in the year, Porat showed the best result on his board . In the year, the representative of Palestine, a native of Bessarabia, Mona Mae Karf, then Mona Ratner took sixth place at the Women’s World Championship.
A number of leading coaches also arrived in Israel, which led to the success of young Israeli chess players in the youth and junior world championships in the years.Among the latest such successes is the winning of the European and World Championships among girls under 14 years of age by Israeli Marcel Efroimsky  , who had previously won the world championship among girls under 12 years old .
After the arrival of numerous strong players, Beer Sheva became the chess capital of the country. The first team of Beer Sheva was the permanent winner of the Israeli team championship for many years, but the championships and years were confidently won by the Ashdod team  , which won the championship of the year with a minimum margin . Israel has hosted international chess Olympiads twice: a year in Tel Aviv and a year in Haifa. The Haifa Olympiad was boycotted by the USSR, the countries of the socialist camp and a number of third world countries, which allowed the Israeli women’s team, headed by a repatriate from the USSR, three-time participant in the world championship matches Alla Kushnir, to win gold medals.
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Alla Kushnir showed the best result on the first board – 7.5 points in eight games  .The Israeli men’s national team achieved comparable success only after more than 30 years, at the chess Olympiads and the year where it won silver and bronze medals, respectively  , while in the year in Dresden Israelis Boris Gelfand and Maxim were among the winners on their boards Rodshtein , and two years later in Khanty-Mansiysk Emil Sutovsky showed the best result on the second board .
Before that, the Israeli national team twice became the silver medalist of the European Team Chess Championship in and in years.
The most titled Israeli chess player is Boris Gelfand – winner of the World Chess Cup of the Year , winner of the Candidates Tournament of the Year , medalist of the World Championship of the Year in Mexico City and participant in the match for the title of World Champion of the Year, and Emil Sutovsky bears the title of champion Europe of the Year . Maxim Rodshtein. Boris Gelfand. Emil Sutovsky. In addition to chess Olympiads, Israel has repeatedly hosted other important international chess tournaments:
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The Netanya Chess Tournament has attracted many strong chess players from abroad since the early years, including the tournament winners of the year Robert Fischer , the year Samuel Reshevsky  and the year Jan Timman . Chess tournaments are also part of the competition program at the Maccabiads. In October, Israeli grandmaster Alik Gershon broke the world record for the number of games played in a simultaneous session.Within 19 hours, he played games against amateur chess players, winning 86 percent of them, losing 11 and drawing. To establish a record, it was necessary to win at least 80 percent of the games  .
The previous record of victories in games was set in August by the Iranian Morteza Mahjob, and in February the Israeli record was broken by another Iranian chess player, Ehsan Gayem-Magami . In, and the years Israel won the world championships among chess programs, the world championship of the year was held at the Ramat Gan University of Bar Ilan .In a year, the Israeli program “Deep Junior” beat the program “Deep Fritz” organized by FIDE “match for the absolute world championship” with a score of . Israeli checkers are actively playing on the world stage after the arrival of a large number of players from the former USSR.
Shlomo Borokhov, a multiple champion of Uzbekistan in Russian drafts, became the founder of the Israeli Drafts Federation in the year; under his leadership, the Israeli national team won bronze medals at the European Championship in International Drafts of the Year .
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In recent years, Israel was represented by the multiple world junior champion, winner of the World Blitz Championship of the year Yigal Koifman, multiple prize winner of the USSR championships Max Shavel and author of drafts textbooks Yakov Shaus. In the year Tel Aviv and Rishon LeZion hosted the World Blitz Drafts Championship among men, and in the year this competition was hosted by the Nazareth Illit . Israeli yachtsmen have been winning the world and European championships since the year when Lydia Lazarova and Tsfanya Karmel won the world “gold” in the class of yachts, a light version of yachts of the class .
Since then, the Israelis have won awards of all merits in various classes of yachts, including sailboards of various models. Yachtsmen Yoel Sela and Eldad Amir (Flying Dutchman) fought for medals at the Seoul Olympics, but refused to participate in the Yom Kippur race and ended up fourth . Nevertheless, as of the year, sailing is the most “medal” for Israel at the Olympics – three medals, including Galya Fridman’s gold on the Mistral sailing board, see.
Israel at the Olympic Games. The Israeli cities of Tel Aviv, Haifa and Eilat have repeatedly hosted major international sailing competitions, including the World Yacht Championship in and of the year, the World Windsurfing Championship in and of the year, and the World Class Championship in the year  . Haifa was again chosen as the venue for the World Championship of the Year . In Israel, favorable conditions have been created for the development of swimming: there are hundreds of swimming pools , including the Olympic model with a meter lane, but mostly with shorter lanes.Israeli swimmers regularly take part in the European, World and Olympic Championships, although their results are often far from the championship.
At the same time, the table of Israeli swimming records is updated regularly. So, during the Beijing Olympics alone, four records of Israel were broken . In recent years, in the Olympic pools, Israelis have occasionally managed to get among the prize-winners of major international competitions; in particular, Eitan Urbach won medals of the European championships and of the year at the 100-meter distance on the back, and in the year his success was repeated by Yakov Yan Tumarkin; Yoav Gat won a bronze medal in the same event in the meters at the European Championships of the Year, and Guy Barnea won the meter at the European Championships of the Year .
At the same distance at the European Championship, the first in the history of Israel, the gold medal of the continental championships was won, when Yonatan Kopelev became the European champion in the same swim Barnea became the bronze medalist . Michael Halika became the silver medalist of the European Championship in the meter distance in complex swimming, and Gal Nevo won the bronze medal at this distance . Khalika also won three Universiade medals at this distance: silver in the year and bronze in the year; in addition to Khaliki, Guy Barnea also won a bronze medal at the Universiade of the Year in the 50 meters backstroke .
The last success of Israelis in meter swimming pools – two silver medals of Yakov Tumarkin at the European Championship of the Year held in Netanya in meters on the back and meters in complex swimming . In the year in Eilat, at the European Open Water Swimming Championships, Mikhail Dmitriev, at a distance of 5 kilometers, won the first continental championship medal for Israel in this sport .
Israelis successfully compete in European and World Junior Championships and tournaments for disabled athletes.The most massive amateur swimming competition in Israel is the annual swim in Lake Kinneret. In the e years of the XX century, the number of participants in the swim ranged from 8.5 thousand to 15 thousand . The swim is carried out at a distance of 1. 5 and 3.5 kilometers . In recent years, synchronized swimming has also been actively developing in Israel. The best Israeli duo, Anastasia Glushkova and Inna Yoffe, finished seventh in the European Championship of the Year and represented Israel twice at the Olympic Games.
The most significant successes in classical and freestyle wrestling were achieved by repatriates from the former USSR playing for Israel.So, in the year the repatriate from Georgia Gocha Tsitsiashvili became the world champion in the classical wrestling in the weight category up to 84 kilograms. The winners of the world championships among adults were the same Tsitsiashvili, Yuri Yevseychik of the year, super heavy weight category and Michael Beilin of the year, category up to 63 kilograms in classic wrestling and Viktor Zilberman of the year, weight category up to 71 kilograms – in freestyle .
At the beginning of the second decade of the 21st century, the successes of Ilana Kratysh stood out in Israeli freestyle wrestling, twice in a row – in years and years – won a silver medal at the European Championship .Judo is the most popular type of martial arts in Israel, as demonstrated by the successful performances of Israeli judokas in the international arena. In addition to five Olympic medals see
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Israelis are prize-winners of the Olympic Games, Israeli athletes perform successfully at world and European championships. Although the first gold medal of the world championships for Israel was won only in the year Yarden Jerby  and for men this title was first given to Sagi Muki only in the year , in Europe Ariel Zeevi became the champion in weight up to kilograms three times, and in this category he won eight medals at the European Championships .
Zeevi was also the medalist of the World Championship of the Year in the absolute weight category . Yael Arad also became the European champion of the year, weight category up to 61 kilograms ; the vice-champion of the world in the same year . Sagi Muki won the title at the European Games of the Year. Israel has also been represented in the Olympics and 2012 by winners of representative international taekwondo tournaments that were knocked out of the Olympic tournament early on.
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The Prime Minister of Georgia said that preparation is needed to meet with the leadership of Russia
The Prime Minister of Georgia, Irakli Garibashvili, in an interview with the Georgian First Channel, said that a meeting with the Russian leadership at the highest level requires careful preparation.
Turkey protests over the collapse of the lira
Protests have taken place in Istanbul and Ankara after the collapse of the Turkish lira, RIA Novosti reports.
The referee did not count Dziuba’s goal in the match against Malmö
The referee did not credit Zenit’s goal in the match of the fifth round of the UEFA Champions League group stage with Malmo.
Dziuba missed a penalty in Zenit v Malmo
Zenit were unable to level the score in the match of the fifth round of the UEFA Champions League group stage with Malmo.
Three far-right organizations called to testify in the storming of the Capitol
The committee investigating the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, summoned three far-right organizations and their leaders to testify.
Carrera explains how Spartak can beat Napoli
Former head coach of Spartak Moscow Massimo Carrera assessed the chances of the capital’s team in the match of the fifth round of the UEFA Europa League group stage with Napoli.
US Department of Energy announced measures to reduce fuel prices
The administration of US President Joe Biden is taking all steps to ensure affordable fuel prices. This was stated by the country’s Energy Minister Jennifer Granholm.
Zenit beats Malmö after the first half in the Champions League with a score of 0: 1
Zenit conceded one unanswered goal in the first half of Matchday 5 of the UEFA Champions League group stage against Malmo.
WHO Director-General says “shocking imbalance” in global access to vaccines
World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said a “shocking imbalance” remains in the global distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
US Special Representative to meet with Taliban next week
The US Special Representative for Afghanistan will visit Doha next week for talks with the Taliban *.State Department spokesman Ned Price said this.
Malmö opened the scoring in the Champions League against Zenit
Malmö opened the scoring in the UEFA Champions League group stage matchday 5 against Zenit.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus offered to deprive of citizenship for extremist crimes
Those guilty of committing extremist crimes may be deprived of the citizenship of Belarus.This opinion was expressed by the head of the Main Directorate for Combating Organized Crime and Corruption of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Belarus Andrei Parshin in an interview with the newspaper “Minskaya Pravda”.
The composition of the Russian women’s handball team for the 2021 World Cup was announced
The Russian Handball Federation has published the final roster of the women’s national team for the 2021 World Cup in Spain.
Bulykin spoke about the match Zenit – Malmo in the Champions League
Former striker of the Russian national football team Dmitry Bulykin spoke about the match of the fifth round of the UEFA Champions League group stage between St. Petersburg Zenit and Swedish Malmo.
Almost 37 thousand marriages have been concluded in St. Petersburg since the beginning of the year
The number of marriages registered in St. Petersburg in January – September 2021 reached 36,763.
Tatarstan commented on the situation with COVID-19
In Tatarstan, 252 cases of coronavirus were registered per day.