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19 November 2017 - 2 Kislev 5778 - ב' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ח
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More success for Hong Kong delegation at Maccabiah Games E-mail

International sporting events often feature a series of special moments that live long in the memory. At this summer’s 20th Maccabiah Games in Israel, held from 4 to 18 July, members of the Hong Kong delegation were privileged to enjoy many special moments, both on and off the field of play.

The Maccabiah Games is the third-biggest sporting event globally and is held every four years in Israel. The 10,000 athletes who participated in this year’s Games were Jewish people from over 85 countries around the world. Considering the number of delegates (26) in the Hong Kong team, a haul of eight medals was mightily impressive. This was achieved by one remarkable individual, Krysia Allard, who won medals in all eight swimming events she participated in!

Four years ago another swimmer representing Hong Kong, Ana Scherer, won four gold medals and two silver medals in various swimming events. Para-swimming participant Aaron Zweig won a silver and a bronze, Eli Bitan won a silver medal in the Masters squash, and Tal Moriah won bronze in the Open taekwondo.

This year’s delegation was chaired by Dr Rafael Aharoni, Chairman of the Maccabi World Union-Hong Kong-Macau-China chapter, which he founded in 2004, and was professionally led by Steve and Erica Lyons. The real success of the delegation should be judged not on medal haul alone. Indeed, up against largely professional athletes, there was much to be proud of. The Open and Junior Futsal teams challenged and scored goals against illustrious football nations. Swimmers and triathletes, as well as chess, tennis and squash players, smashed personal bests and reached the latter rounds of their competitions.

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