Israel names Olympic delegation as athletes gear up for London
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Israel names Olympic delegation as athletes gear up for London

Sixty-one athletes will represent Israel on the Olympic and Paralympic teams

President Shimon Peres met with athletes training for the upcoming Olympic Games in January 2012. Peres is seen with Lee Korzits (second from left) and Arik Zeevi (right). (photo credit: Mark Nayman/GPO/Flash90)
President Shimon Peres met with athletes training for the upcoming Olympic Games in January 2012. Peres is seen with Lee Korzits (second from left) and Arik Zeevi (right). (photo credit: Mark Nayman/GPO/Flash90)

The Olympic Committee of Israel announced on Sunday the team of 36 athletes, 18 men and 18 women, who will be representing Israel at the 2012 London Olympic games this summer.

Israel will be represented in 10 different sports: athletics, badminton, rhythmic and artistic gymnastics, judo, sailing, shooting, swimming, synchronized swimming and tennis.

Among the athletes competing are bronze medalist judoka Arik Zeevi, Shahar Zubari, a bronze medalist in sailing, tennis player Shahar Peer, who had a career-high world singles ranking of 11, and world champion windsurfer Lee Korzits.

Korzits will bear the Israeli flag for the delegation during the opening ceremony on July 27.

On Tuesday, the Israeli Paralympic Committee named the 25 sportsmen and women who will compete in the Paralympic games in nine sports.

The paralympians will compete in cycling, rowing, wheelchair tennis, ping-pong, marathon, shooting, equestrian, sailing, and swimming.

On July 9, President Shimon Peres will hold a special ceremony to honor the Olympic delegations before they set out to represent Israel in the Summer Games.

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games will take place in London, England from July 27 to August 12, 2012.

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