Sunday, July 21, 2013
The nineteenth edition of the Maccabiah Games, one of the largest sporting events in the world, was inaugurated Thursday in Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium. Jewish athletes from all over the globe take part in this event every four years. US gold Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman lit the Maccabi cauldron.
The ceremony was attended by the President of Israel, Shimon Peres, along with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem's mayor, Nir Barkat. This year, over 40 sports are scheduled to be contested by more than 70 countries.
The last time the Maccabiah Games were inaugurated in Jerusalem was in 2001. The opening of the event was done at the Teddy Kollek Stadium.Image: Maor Melul.
Ballons representing the more than 70 participant countries in the Maccabiah Games. Image: Maor Melul.
The Venezuelan delegation at the Maccabiah Games. Image: Maor X.
The official languages of the Maccabiah Games are Hebrew, English and Spanish; this can be noticed during the introduction of the Latvian delegation. Image: Maor Melul.
Morocco returned to the Maccabiah after an absence of several years. Image: Maor Melul.
The flag of the World Maccabi Movement. Image: Maor Melul.
The largest delegation present at the Maccabiah Games 2013 is the one from the United States of America. Image: Maor Melul.
The flag of Israel being carried by jewish olympic medalists. Image: Maor Melul.
The Maccabiah Games is one of the largest sports events in the world, commonly called "the Jewish Olympics". Image: Maor Melul.
Part of the light show at the inauguration of the Maccabiah Games 2013; an israeli flag made of light beams waves over Teddy Kollek Stadium. Image: Maor Melul.