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Indian Water Polo Team is First to Arrive in Israel to Participate in World Maccabiah

The first team from abroad to participate in the Third World Maccabiah arrived here this week-end from India. The squad, composed of 12 athletes, is a water polo team headed by a Major Cohen, a British Army officer stationed in India who received a leave to attend the games.

At least 500 athletes from 26 countries will be represented at the Maccabiah, which will officially open Sept. 27. The athletic contests will be held in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, Ramat Gan, Petach Tikvah, Rishon l’Zion and Nathania. A stadium especially constructed for the Maccabiah has been completed at Ramat Gan and holds some 50,000 spectators.

All contestants will be fed and housed in a specially-built Maccabiah Village which formerly served as a military garrison. Every possible convenience for the visiting athletes is being prepared at the village, including a reconditioned swimming pool where the swimming contestants will be able to practice. It is expected that in addition to numerous receptions and social gatherings that will be held in honor of the Maccabiah athletes, a special country-wide tour for them will also be arranged.