Outgoing President Reuven Rivlin meets with Israel’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes ahead of their departure to Tokyo for the 2021 Olympics, which begin next month.
“You prepared magnificently. Now, it’s your turn to reap the fruits and the glory. To go faster, higher, stronger, more beautifully. I see you here, ready but relaxed, prepared to face any challenge. We believe in you. We know you can do it,” says Rivlin.
“You sportsmen and sportswomen, who represent the diversity of Israeli society, are testament to the fact that the determination that courses through you crosses all sectors and groups. Your commitment, your energy and your constant aspiration to excel proves that you are the best people to represent the State of Israel in international sport and for that I say kol hakavod, way to go!”
He adds: “I would like to send special blessings to the Paralympic delegation. We all understand that sporting competition along with serious disability is far more demanding and challenging. You prove that with determination and hard work it is possible to reach amazing, incredible sporting success, to beat barriers. For us, you are role models.”