More than 4,000 Jewish athletes will compete in 30 different sports at the 12th Maccabiah Games due to open at the refurbished Ramat Gan stadium on July 15, the International Committee for the Maccabi Games was told at its meeting here last week.
Some 3,400 of the record 4,200 participants will be coming from abroad, one-third of them from Latin America. The U.S. contingent is expected to number 550, up from 372 at the last games; and Australia, up from 193 to about 300. New entries this time will be from Bermuda, Gibraltar and Monaco.
Two new sports will be introduced at this international Jewish sports meet — rugby football, and high diving. Other games not included in the Los Angeles Olympics will be cricket, badminton, field hockey, squash and golf.
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