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The Tel Aviv Municipality shut down all school basketball courts on Wednesday, a
day after Alon Ronen, 15, was killed when a basketball pole he swung on
collapsed in north Tel Aviv.
“We are checking the circumstances of what
took place,” a Tel Aviv police spokeswoman told The Jerusalem
Ronen’s family has slammed the municipality, saying that criminal
negligence allowed the basketball pole to deteriorate to an unsafe
The tragic accident raised concerns about the safety of other
basketball courts, prompting Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai to send out an order to
keep the courts closed until safety experts complete an inspection of every pole
“The municipality will cooperate and assist the police in
investigating this tragedy,” city hall said in a statement.
committee of safety experts is being assembled to examine the basketball
City council member Reuven Ladianski however criticized the move
to close all courts.
“This is no more than a hysterical and uneducated
response. There are hundreds of basketball courts and playgrounds across
neighborhoods. The municipality should now check each one with its operations
staff,” he said.
According to the Standards Institution of Israel, there
are between 7,000 and 8,000 basketball courts in Israel, and 5,000 of them
require safety inspections and possible maintenance.
accident, the pole collapsed on Ronen’s head before horrified friends. Neighbors
rushed out and tried to provide first aid until paramedics arrived on the scene.
Attempts to revive the teenager failed, and paramedics eventually pronounced him