Sela nets spot at Rio Olympics

Sela nets spot at Rio Olympics

Dudi Sela has qualified for the tennis tournament at this summer's Games.

Andrew Sherwood is the Jewish News Sport and Community Editor

Dudi Sela
Dudi Sela

Dudi Sela has become the 45th Israeli to qualify for this summer’s Olympic Games – and in doing so will be the first to take part in the men’s singles tennis tournament since 1992.

The 31-year-old will warm up for Wimbledon by taking part at the Den Bosch grass event this week.

There could be further athletes set to join the delegation, with golfer Laetitia Beck on the brink of booking her place, she currently sits in 42nd place in the Olympic rankings, with the top 59 on 11 July guaranteed a spot.

Meanwhile, the Olympic Committee of Israel announced that every Israeli gold medal winner will be awarded a NIS 500,000 bonus, as well as an apartment worth NIS 1,000,000 from one of the OCI’s sponsors.

Silver medalists will be awarded NIS 400,000, with the coach to getting half the sum. Athletes from Israel who finish between fourth and 12th place will also be awarded performance bonuses

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