Maccabi Tel Aviv coach David Blatt and 1992 Barcelona Olympics silver medalist
Yael Arad were on hand at Kfar Maccabiah on Tuesday sharing their past Maccabiah
experiences as the preparations for this summer’s 19th Maccabiah Games continued
to gather pace.
Blatt and Arad were speaking at a press conference
attended by Guiora Esrubilsky, President of Maccabi World Union, Yair Hamburger,
chairman of MWU, and Amir Peled, chairman of the Maccabiah.
in the Maccabiah not only try to lift themselves to new heights but they also
try to lift each other,” said Blatt, who won a gold medal with the USA
basketball team at the 1981 Games.
“The Maccabiah isn’t just about
competing or recording a result. It’s about cooperation.”
Blatt’s sentiment. “When I first competed in the Maccabiah in 1985 I
didn’t do so well, but I can still remember how excited I was to take part,”
“Eight years later I lit the flame at the opening ceremony and
that is a moment I will never forget.”
The 19th Maccabiah will get
underway in 127 days on July 18 with an opening ceremony at Teddy Stadium and
will end on July 30.
Around 9,000 athletes from 72 different countries
are expected to participate in the Games, far exceeding the record set four
Among them will be American swimmer, Garrett Weber- Gale, who
won two gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, with Olympic gymnastics gold
medalist Aly Raisman to be a guest of honor and New York Knicks forward Amare
Stoudemire, who is expected to be the assistant coach of the Canadian basketball