- Israel at the 1964 Summer Paralympics
Infobox Paralympics Israel
Israelparticipated in the 1964 Summer Paralympicsin 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-Sahavwas 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
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.
# Dan Wagner
Israel Sports Center for the Disabledrepresentatives:
1964 Summer Paralympics
Israel at the Paralympics
Israel at the 1964 Summer Olympics
* [http://www.paralympic.org International Paralympic Committee]
* [http://www.israelparalympics.org/en/ Israeli Paralympic Committee]
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