Baruch Hagai

Baruch Hagai (Hebrew: ברוך חגאי) is an Israeli paralympic champion.

Hagai was born in 1944 in Tripoli, Libya to a family of 13. At the age of two he contracted polio and five years later his family made aliyah to Israel. The family settled in Tel Aviv and Hagai was trained as a technician. In the years 1960 - 2000 he worked as a technician and project manager for a bus-manufacturing factory.

In Israel, Hagai was treated for polio for the first time. He was one of the first to join the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled, in 1960, and was active in wheelchair basketball and in table tennis. Over the years he took part in 224 international basketball games on behalf of the Israeli national team and 66 international games on behalf of the Center. In table tennis he won four consecutive gold medals at the Paralympic Games.

Following his retirement Hagai joined the Sports Center as Head Coach.

For his long years of excellence in disabled sports, Hagai was awarded with the Israel Prize for sports (2001). In 1986 he was declared as a "Man of Peace" on behalf of the International Olympic Committee.

External links

* [http://www.paralympic.org/release/Main_Sections_Menu/Sports/Results/paralympics_search.html?sport=all&games=all&medal=all&npc=all&name=hagai&fname=&gender=all Hagai's listing at the International Paralympic Committee's website]
* [http://www.iscd.com/Show_Doc.asp?MenuID=344&ThreadID=1011003009&LangCode=Eng Hagai on the Israel Sports Center for the Disabled website]


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