Why is Israel so poor in sports ?

Zero medals in London as yet

What sports are popular in Israel

18 Answers

  • Yehuda
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    8 years ago
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    Israel has won no medal in 2012 so far, but 7 medals in Olympic history: 1 Gold, 1 Silver and 5 Bronze,

    that is seven medals more than Cyprus, which took part in 17 Games as well, but has no medal so far,

    Lebanon won NO Gold, 2 Silver, 2 Bronze,

    also Saudi Arabia in 9 Games won NO Gold, 1 Silver, 1 Bronze.

    Syria has been slightly more successful with 3 medals, one of each category.

    Also "PALESTINE" participates the fifth time at the summer games, but has no medal yet.

    All in 2012 so far, have not medals, either ...

    All medals Israelis have won at Olympics were from Judo or sailing.

    Popular sports in Israel however are Football (as everywhere) and Basketball.

    MACCABI TEL AVIV as one of the BEST teams in EUROPEAN LEAGUES has won FIVE times the European CHAMPIONS LEAGUE and was 7 times second.


    @ Alan,

    “ I don't know what you've been smoking, but Maccabi Tel Aviv have NEVER won the Champion's League!”

    QUOTE: "With 5 European Championships, 1 Adriatic Championship, 50 Israeli Championships, 39 Israeli Cups, and 3 League Cups, Maccabi has been the most successful basketball team in Israel. It is also the fourth-most successful club in European history, and one of the most successful teams of the past decade in European basketball."

    SOURCE: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maccabi_Tel_Aviv_B.C.

    @ mens rea

    The talk was of BASKETBALL, not football. It is YOUR problem if you cannot read careful before "answering" :-)

    Source(s): www.maccabi.co.il
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  • Alan
    Lv 4
    8 years ago

    The population argument won't wash.

    There are 7.8 million Israelis, and many medal-winning countries this year have smaller populations: New Zealand; Jamaica; Denmark; Croatia: Switzerland; Slovenia; Norway; Georgia; Ireland; Lithuania; Grenada; Slovakia; Armenia; Mongolia: Estonia: Cyprus (see below); Finland; Singapore; Qatar; Kuwait; Latvia: Puerto Rico; Tajikistan; Hong Kong; Trinidad and Tobago...

    @Yehuda - Cyprus won silver in the men's Laser sailing.

    And I don't know what you've been smoking, but Maccabi Tel Aviv have NEVER won the Champion's League!

    @short and sweet - I shall assume you are being deliberately obtuse, rather than incomprehensibly stupid.

    Some people, including you, advanced a crude population argument, and far from agreeing, I simply illustrated its invalidity.

    To turn your statistical argument on its head, why has Israel signally failed to outperform so many larger nations when the numbers ought to work in its favour?

    And it simply is not true that "Every country of similar size performs the same".

    In the all-time standings there are 20 countries smaller than Israel with more medals.

    Case in point: Slovakia (population 4.9 million) has competed in 4 Summer Olympics and won 20 medals, whereas Israel (population 7.8 million) has competed in 14 and won only 7.

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  • 8 years ago

    1) The closest that they got was in 6th place, but there are two sports which Israel is in that has yet to have a competition in the final round. They are the following: Women's Rhythmic Group All-Around Gymnastics (Russia, Italy, Belarus, Bulgaria, Spain, Ukraine, Israel and Japan qualified for the final round), which will have a final round on August 12th, and Women's Rhythmic Group All-Around Gymnastics (Yevgeniya Kanayeva from Russia, Daria Dmitrieva from Russia, Aliya Garayeva from Azerbaijan, Sylvia Miteva from Bulgaria, Liubov Charkashyna from Belarus, Son Yeon-Jae from South Korea, Alina Maksymenko from Ukraine, Joanna Mitrosz from Poland, Neta Rivkin from Israel and Ganna Rizatdinova from Ukraine qualified for the final round), which will have a final round on August 11th at 1:30 (which might have already happened, as this is British time).

    2) Many countries come to the Olympics without winning a medal. If pro sports aren't a big focus in those countries (like it is a focus in the U.S. and Western/Central Europe) and if pro athletes are allowed to compete for the country of their citizenship (unless if they have dual citizenship, and then they have to pick one), then wouldn't it make sense that the U.S. and European countries dominate the Olympics in the number of medals.

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  • 8 years ago

    They've been playing too much Fantasy Football if Yehuda's answer is any guide!

    Maccabi Tel Aviv are undoubtedly the best team in Israel but, as any football fan will tell you, internationally they're third-rate, and have never won anything.

    Currently Israel is equal 81st in the 2012 Olympic rankings, behind Afghanistan.

    Edit: Down to equal 83rd.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    They only have medals in who kills the most Palestinain game.

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  • Anonymous
    8 years ago

    Israel didn't have such a stellar year this Olympics, but usually they do better.

    Really, Israelis are preoccupied by other things that they really aren't afforded the same luxuries that others have.

    For example, what age group are most Olympians? Keep in mind most Israelis HAVE TO serve in the military between the ages of 18-21. That's tough enough, and it's hard to keep practicing for your sport and have to serve your nation. This effects later in life, when they get out, they 1. want to relax a bit and 2. have lost some of their training.

    I bring this up because I'm sure that, if Israel's neighbors didn't give it a reason to NEED said army, they'll be more Israeli athletes, and they'll be better.

    Also, Israelis just didn't do well enough to medal. That doesn't mean they didn't do well. Do you SERIOUSLY want to tell those who made it to the final round that they are "poor in sports?". I mean, Shahar Pe'er lost in Tennis because she went up against Maria Sharapova but still did well. No female tennis player would be embarrassed to lose against her. The Israeli mens tennis doubles BEAT Federer's team but lost against the Americans.

    Basically, they didn't medal in places, but they still did well in others. Keep in mind that 6th in an event is essentially saying I'm they are the 6th best in the world. That's NOT bad.

    If you look outside of the Olympics, Israelis are actually good athletes, believe it or not.

    Soccer/Football and Basketball are generally the most popular in Israel, but other sports still maintain relative popularity. Volleyball and gymnastics are played by a good portion.

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  • BMCR
    Lv 7
    8 years ago

    Yup, another typical example of anti Israel cranks using anything at their disposal to come out with yest-another-anti-Israel-talking-point.

    Asking why Israel has a poor showing at the Olympics is a valid question. Turning that around and using it to castigate Israel is where it starts become ridiculous.

    Source(s): I'm in the only country that hosted the Olympics at which the host country did not win any gold medals. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1976_Summer_Olympics
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  • 8 years ago

    By way of consolation Iran, Qatar, Tunisia and Bahrain are having their most successful Olympics ever.

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  • 8 years ago

    Well, the question sounds gloating. How stupid.

    You did not understand that the Olympic idea is not about winning medals, but international understanding among nations and people beside politics, etc.

    Anyway the best result up to now was by Donald Sanford who was 5th at the 400m run

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  • 8 years ago

    In a fair fight on a level playing field, real quality tells.

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