Amsterdam Tightens Security for European Maccabiah Games

Security measures at the European Maccabiah Games here have been tight, with more than 500 police officers on duty during the games.

More than 1,500 athletes from 26 nations, mostly European, are taking part in the games, which have drawn thousands of spectators. More than 5,000 people attended the opening ceremony.

At the opening ceremony, the lighting of the flame was carried out by Anouk Spitzer, the daughter of Andre Spitzer, one of the Israeli athletes who died in the 1972 Munich Olympics attack by Palestinian terrorists.

The security measures at the games here include roadblocks set up in front of even locations and around sports facilities, offices and hotels in the area. Concrete blocks have been installed at certain locations in enhance security as well.

Many sports comprise the games, including soccer, tennis, bowling, karate and basketball.

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