Athletes from Israel's Paralympic team 370.
(photo credit: REUTERS/David Gray)
Israel will broadcast the upcoming Paralympic Games from London later this month
so the country can see the achievements of the Israeli delegation, Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at a reception for the Israeli
“For me you are already champions who have achieved great
victories,” he said. “In order that others may see it – we will broadcast the
Israel will send 25 athletes to the games for athletes with
physical disabilities who will participate in nine different sports, including
tennis, shooting, cycling, sailing and swimming.
Netanyahu, who this week
had a cast removed from a leg injury, said that the experience – where it was
difficult to get in and out of the shower or climb steps – made him appreciate
even more what people with disabilities face on a daily basis.
do does not compare to the efforts of other athletes, which are very great,” the
prime minister said. “What you are called upon to do is in a different
Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat said she viewed the
Paralympic athletes as an integral part of Israeli sport.
“You are doing
amazing things, are worthy of admiration, and are role models,” she said.