Tomorrow, July 6 at the stadium «Teddy» in Jerusalem will host the opening ceremony of the XX Maccabiah. Arrived in Israel about 10 thousand athletes and 22 thousands of fans from 80 countries.
The most numerous delegations came from Australia, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.
It is worth noting that among the participating teams there are quite exotic: Albania (single player Grid Vestina), Barbados (two golfers), Cayman Islands (four athletes), curaçao (swimmer and squash player), Dominican Republic (fencer Julian Litman), Gibraltar (20), Suriname (judoka Yigal Kopinsky, participant of the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro).
On 4 July at the initiative of the Ministry of aliyah and integration into the Metropolitan hotel «Ramada Renaissance» a festive reception «Welcome!» for 1000 participants of the twentieth Maccabiah. They were welcomed by Minister of aliyah and integration of the Landwehr, which not only wished all sports good luck and victories in future competitions, but stressed that «the Ministry always pays attention to the integration of athletes returnees and continues to provide financial and social support for this group of olim». The Minister said that on the eve of the opening of the twentieth Maccabiah, by decision of the Ministry of aliyah and integration have changed certain criteria of benefits that will strengthen the support of those members of the twentieth Maccabiah, which will take the decision to repatriate to Israel.
Thus, in the framework of the additional support athletes of the twentieth Maccabiah, which will make the repatriation until 31 December 2018, will get the support Department when opening a private business, in language learning, employment, and higher education. Under the updated programme for the promotion of the first 25 athletes who participated in the Maccabiah and apply for repatriation will be increased to a period of monthly payment assistance (in the amount of 1,000 NIS.) for athletes repatriates from 12 to 24 months inclusive.
During the festive evening athletes of the twentieth Maccabiah was able to get advice from Agency staff and information brochures of the Ministry of aliyah and integration in 5 languages.