Israel will send its largest delegation ever to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo
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Israel will send its largest delegation ever to 2020 Olympics in Tokyo

'Crazy number' of athletes from the Jewish state will head to the global sporting event in Japan

Neta Rivkin was the Israeli flagbearer at the opening ceremony in 2016. Picture: Israeli Olympic Facebook page
Neta Rivkin was the Israeli flagbearer at the opening ceremony in 2016. Picture: Israeli Olympic Facebook page

Team Israel will include about 85 athletes in 18 sports for the quadrennial event in July, NoCamels first reported.

“This is a crazy number by Israeli standards,” Vered Buskila, vice president of the Olympic Committee of Israel, told NoCamels last week in an interview. “That’s something that we never thought could happen in the near future.”

Two dozen of the participants make up the national baseball team, which last month became the second of six teams to qualify.

Israeli athletes will compete for the first time in equestrian and surfing. Other sports include rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, cycling, sailing and shooting.

Israel has won nine Olympic medals since it first began competing in 1952, starting with Yael Arad’s silver in judo in 1992.

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