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21st Maccabiah in Israel – a shower of medals for the German-Jewish delegation

MAKKABI Germany News

The German-Jewish Maccabi World Games, the Maccabiah, took place in Israel from July 12th to 26.07.2022th, 10.000. Over 40 athletes competed against each other in 27 sports in the Juniors, Open and Masters age groups. Thanks to intensive preparation - 2022 training courses in the calendar year 236 alone - and a final precamp immediately before the start of the Maccabiah, MAKKABI Germany was able to provide the largest German delegation to date with 100 athletes, including more than XNUMX juniors.
 
At the opening ceremony in Jerusalem, the delegations from all over the world were presented and attuned. Jonathan Ben-Shlomo, the most successful German athlete to date in swimming, Beatrice Feicht, triathlete and oldest participant, and Kristina Dingeko, tennis player and the youngest participant, carried the flags of the Federal Republic and MAKKABI Germany when the German-Jewish team entered. With brilliant choreography and a shower of confetti in black, red and gold, they led the German delegation to the Teddy Kollek Stadium, which was attended by high-ranking Israeli President Jitzak Herzog and US President Joe Biden.
 
The competitions were held across the country over the two-week period, mainly in the regions around Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and, exclusively for the juniors, in Haifa. In addition to many proven sports in the individual and team areas, MAKKABI Germany was also able to establish some new sports, such as sport climbing, weightlifting, beach volleyball and basketball 3×3.
 
After the extremely successful European Games in 2015 and 2019 and a medal record at the Maccabiah 2017, the German delegation was under a certain amount of pressure to succeed, but this was defied with flying colors: A new record was set with a total of 51 medals won. The individual sports deserve special mention, especially table tennis and swimming, where a total of 17 and 13 gold, silver and bronze medals were won in all age groups. The juniors' eight medals in table tennis, tennis, swimming, badminton, fencing and open water give hope for a successful future.
 
This year's games were marked by a sad anniversary: ​​the 50th anniversary of the terrorist attack at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, in which 11 Israeli athletes and a police officer were murdered. This was commemorated in a worthy ceremony during the precamp and at the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah. In addition to the sport, the hosts of the Maccabi World Union organized an extensive supporting program. In addition to trips to the Dead Sea, the Jordan River and Tel Aviv, the Yad Vashem memorial was visited, and there was a large bar and Bat Mitzvah celebration at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, a very special highlight for the juniors. Traditionally, the first Shabbat of the Maccabiah was celebrated together at the various locations.
 
Once again, the Maccabiah, which is the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympic and Paralympic Games, has proven that it is the sporting home of all Jewish athletes from all over the world who compete in the competitions but make friends in Israel and live Jewish traditions. A sign of the living Judaism all over the world, but especially in Germany.
 
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Alfi Goldenberg, Head of Delegation and Vice President for Sport:
 
A hat trick for MAKKABI Germany at the 21st Maccabiah in Israel: The largest German delegation of all time, more junior athletes than ever before and most medals for Germany at the Maccabi World Games! Thanks to the tireless work of the entire team, we have been able to achieve these historic successes. Thanks to the entire MAKKABI family and above all: thanks to all our athletes! These are your achievements, your trophies, and your memories—forever. After exciting, sporty and emotional days in Israel, we are now gathering our strength and are looking forward to the next big project of MAKKABI Germany: the very first WinterGames in over 85 years! Join us as we make history and bring winter sports back to the Maccabi world.
 
Alon Meyer, President of MAKKABI Germany:
 
I am proud! Proud of the outstanding sporting performance of our delegation with even more medals won than at the Maccabiah 2017. It is at least as important that we represented our Germany in an extremely worthy manner, not just in sport but far beyond that. We brought living German Jewry to Israel and made friends across all borders. This is Maccabi - much more than just sports!
 
Berlin, January 27.07.2022nd, XNUMX
 
Photo credits: Herbert Wirtz/ Jessica Brauner / Rafael Herlich
 
All pictures are in our Media Library

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