On Friday, October 21.10.2022, 21, Parliamentary State Secretary Mahmut Özdemir received MAKKABI Germany at the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland to thank the German-Jewish Sports Association for the medal success and the successful representation of the Federal Republic of Germany at the XNUMXst Maccabiah in Israel.
The focus was on the honoring of the medal winners by PSt Özdemir, who won a total of 12 medals at the Maccabi World Games from July 26.07.2022th to 51th, 10.000 in Israel and thus set a new record for MAKKABI Germany. With over 40 athletes and more than XNUMX sports in the Juniors, Open and Masters age groups, the Maccabiah is the third largest sporting event in the world.
Thanks to intensive preparation - 27 training courses in the calendar year 2022 alone - and a concluding precamp immediately before the start of the Maccabiah, MAKKABI Germany was able to provide the largest German delegation to date with 236 athletes.
The competitions were held across the country, mainly in the regions around Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Netanya and exclusively for the juniors in Haifa. With this grandiose success, the German-Jewish delegation seamlessly continued the successes of the European Games in 2015 and 2019 as well as the previous medal record of the Maccabiah 2017. Of particular note are 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. MAKKABI Germany was not only able to set an exclamation mark through sporting achievements, but was also an ambassador of a cosmopolitan and tolerant Germany in Israel.
At the ceremony in the Federal Ministry of the Interior, our Maccabees Beatrice Feicht, 68 years old) triathlete and oldest participant of the German delegation, and Kristina Dingeko (13 years old), tennis player and youngest participant of the tournament, reported on their unforgettable impressions from Israel.
Alfi Goldenberg (Head of the Delegation) said:
“We consider the invitation from PSt Özdemir as a representative of the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Homeland and his personal congratulations to be a great honor and appreciation. We would like to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of the Executive Committee of MAKKABI Germany for the many years of cooperation and support from the ministry. After exciting, sporting and emotional days in Israel, we are now gathering our strength and are looking forward to the next major project: the first MAKKABI WinterGames since the beginning of National Socialism. They will take place from January 02nd to 09.01.2023th, XNUMX in Ruhpolding! Join us as we make history and bring winter sports back to the Maccabi world.”
Mahmut Özdemir (Parliamentary State Secretary)
“I'm impressed by what a great performance the German team put on at the 21st Maccabiah. The Jewish athletes won a total of 51 medals, making them one of the most successful European teams in the competition. A really excellent result! You can be proud, but so are we, the citizens of Germany, because you competed for our country and you represented our country as a sporting nation with dignity. I have the utmost respect for the dedication and diligence in preparation and training that made this success possible.”
Photo credits for further use: MAKKABI Germany /Jessica Brauner