Knesset committee to discuss Olympic losses

Kadima MK Hasson demands meeting to "discuss failures and prevent future embarrassment;" Wilf objects to word "failure."

August 8, 2012 18:08
1 minute read.
President Peres hosts Israeli Olympic delegation

Israeli Olympic delegation 370. (photo credit: Mark Neyman/GPO)


Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For a symbolic $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user uxperience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew, Ivrit
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Repor
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief


The Knesset Education, Culture and Sport Committee plans to discuss Israel's lack of medals in the 2012 London Olympics, committee chairwoman Einat Wilf (Independence) said on Wednesday.

Kadima MK Yoel Hasson wrote Wilf a letter on Tuesday night, asking her to hold a meeting with Culture and Sport Minister Limor Livnat, as well as Olympic athletes, members of the Israeli Olympic Committee and Finance Ministry representatives.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.

The purpose of such a meeting would be to "discuss the failures of our team and examine possible ways to prevent an additional embarrassment in the 2016 Olympics."

"The lack of government investment in sport is a continuing injustice, which the public realizes every four years when time after time Israeli athletes fail in different competitions," Hasson wrote.

He concluded: "We need a discussion in the committee in order to decide what steps can be taken to change the current worrying and painful reality of Israeli sports."

Wilf agreed to hold a meeting; however, it will not call Israeli team's lack of medals in the London Games a failure.

The meeting will be in September, because her committee reached the maximum number of meetings scheduled per month of the Knesset's summer recess.

Related Content

August 31, 2014
Rioting resumes throughout east Jerusalem Saturday night