OVER 9,000 ATHLETES FROM 82 COUNTRIES WILL TRAVEL TO 19TH MACCABIAH GAMES IN ISRAEL
EL AL Israel airlines named official carrier
NEW YORK – June 27, 2013 – As the official airline of the 19th Maccabiah Games in Israel, EL AL is getting ready to bring thousands of athletes, families and friends on flights from all over the world to attend these historical games which are scheduled to open July 18th.
The Maccabiah Games is the world’s largest Jewish athletic competition. As the official carrier of this prestigious event (which is held in Israel every four years), more than 9,000 athletes from 82 countries will compete in 42 different sporting events under four main categories: Juniors, Open, Masters and Paralympic.
“Since its establishment, EL AL activities have been consistently interlinked with special important national events taking place in Israel,” said Elyezer Shkedy, CEO of EL AL Israel Airlines. “The airline is proud to be the official carrier of the 19th Maccabiah. We value the Maccabiah because it encourages people of all ages from around the world to travel to Israel.”
Olympic Gold medalist Aly Raisman will participate in the Opening Ceremony and NBA veteran Danny Schayes will coach a USA team. Other renowned sports figures who will travel on a specially designated EL AL flight from Canada include NBA powerhouse Amar’e Stoudemire who will coach a Maccabiah Canada basketball team and NHL Coach Mike Keenan.
“The 2013 Maccabiah is going to be the largest ever and most challenging of all Maccabiah events,” said Amir Peled, Maccabiah chair. “This is the third largest international sports event in the world and aims to make all participants supporters of Israel. The contribution of the event to Israel’s economy and tourism as well as the link between Israel and the Diaspora is tremendous. The Maccabiah views its cooperation with EL AL as a national and strategic partnership.”
For more information about the Maccabiah games in Israel, visit www.maccabiahusa.com.
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