International Maccabiah Games open in Jerusalem

Thousands of athletes from around the world paraded in Jerusalem’s Teddy Stadium Thursday night at the opening of  the 20th Maccabiah Games. The organizers said the 2017 event is the largest ever with some 10,000 athletes from 80 countries taking part.

The teams ranged from a single member of the Dominican Republic team and the two members of the Barbados delegation, to the 1,161 members from the United States and the 2,400 Israeli athletes.

Anthony Ervin, a US swimmer, who won gold medals in the 2000 and 2016 Olympics, lit the Maccabiah flame for the quadriennial competition. 

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