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First Latin American Maccabiad Opens in Montevideo; 400 Contestants Participate

The first Maccabiad ever to be held in Latin America opened here today with 400 Jewish athletes from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Bolivia and Chile participating. The six-day athletic competition, which was opened with brief addresses by Israel Minister to Uruguay Dr. Jacob Tzur, the mayor of Montevideo and the Uruguayan Minister for Physical Culture, will feature contests in soccer, basketball, tennis and other sports.

Menachem Beigin, former commander of the dissolved Irgun Zvai Leumi who recently completed a visit to the Jewish community in Argentina, arrived here during the week-end and is expected to remain about a week. Hundreds of supporters of Mr. Beigin and the Herut Party in Israel, which he leads, turned out to greet him on his arrival at the airport.