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The first-ever Youth Olympics begin on Saturday and the Israeli delegation has
high hopes of returning home with several medals from the event to be held in
Singapore until August 26.
About 3,600 competitors aged 14 to 18 from 204
countries will compete in the same 26 sports that make up the current Summer
Olympics program, with Israel sending a small but strong 15-athlete
Dima Kruyter, who claimed the gold at the high jump competition in
the World Youth Championships in Italy last July, is one of Israel’s best medal
Anything but a place on the podium would be a big disappointment
for the 18-year-old.
“I expect to return to Israel with a medal,” said
“I skipped this year’s World Youth Championships so I would be
fit for these Olympics. This event is held just once every four years and it
holds a special significance for me.”
Other medal hopefuls include:
windsurfing world junior champion Naomi Cohen, taekwondo fighter Gil
and swimmer Yakov Toumarkin.
“I’m entering the Olympics in good form and
I hope to continue this momentum,” said Toumarkin, who won gold and
medals at the European Junior Swimming Championships last month.
feeling very good ahead of the competition and I believe I can return