Israel at the 1964 Summer Paralympics

Israel at the 1964 Summer Paralympics

Infobox Paralympics Israel
games=1964 Summer
competitors= 20
sports= 5
gold= 7
silver= 3
bronze= 11
total= 21
rank= 7th

Israel participated in the 1964 Summer Paralympics in Tokyo. 20 Israeli athletes won seven gold medals, three silver and eleven bronze, enabling their country to finish 7th on the medal table.

The Israeli delegation was comprised of 10 athletes of the IDF veterans and 10 athletes of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. Other excelling athletes were banned from participating due to indecent behavior. The delegation was headed by Mr. Arieh Pink, head of the rehabilitation department of the Israel Ministry of Defense, and accompanied by Mr. Gershon Huberman, director of the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled. Further members of the delegation were basketball coaches Shimon Shelah and Jacob Hendelsman, Mrs. Edna Medalia and two medical nurses.

In the 1964 Summer Paralympic Games, Israel participated for the first time in weightlifting, following Shalom Dalugatch's achievement of criteria by breaking the previous Paralympics' record. Delegation member Israel Even-Sahav was the sole athlete, of all participating states, asked to take part in the rehearsals to the opening ceremony.

The delegation's travel expenses were divided in accordance with its composition: The IDF veterans were sponsored by the Ministry of Defense, sports organizations, the Olympic Committee and the athletes themselves, while the Center's athletes were sponsored by Japanese donation, most prominently by businessman Saul Eisenberg.

The eldest member of the delegation was Michael Ben-Naftali (40) and the youngest Jacob Ben-Arie (14).

Israel was ranked 7th on the medal table, winning seven gold medals, three silver and 11 bronze and achieving three world records.



*IDF veterans:

# Michael Ben-Naftali
# Shmuel Ben-Zakai
# Zvi Ben-Zvi
# Reuven Hebron
# Simcha Lustig
# Menachem Morba
# Avraham Mushraki
# Joseph Sharav
# Yoel Singer
# Dan Wagner

*Israel Sports Center for the Disabled representatives:

# Jacob Ben-Arie
# Shalom Dalugatch
# Michal Escapa
# Israel Even-Sahav
# Yitzhak Galitzki
# Israel Globus
# Baruch Hagai
# Avraham Keftelovich
# Batia Mishani
# Zipora Rosenbaum

ee also

*1964 Summer Paralympics
*Israel at the Paralympics
*Israel at the 1964 Summer Olympics

External links

* [ International Paralympic Committee]
* [ Israeli Paralympic Committee]


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