Maccabiah 1997 – Finish the March

June 30, 2013 by J-Wire Staff
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The Australian team began their ill-fated march at the Opening Ceremony of the 1997 Maccabiah by crossing a bridge over the Yarkon River which collapsed causing the deaths of four Australian team members…now Maccabi Australia is inviting members of the 1997 contingent to complete the opening parade at this year’s Games.

Maccabi Memorial to the four who lost their lives in 1997

Maccabi Memorial to the four who lost their lives in 1997

Maccabi Australia has announced that Maccabi World Union would be honoured to welcome those individuals who were in the Australian delegation in 1997, and who have not participated since, the opportunity to complete their march, not withstanding the Opening Ceremony is being held in Jerusalem at Teddy Stadium.. For those who have made plans to be in Israel already this July, we encourage you to contact Lisa Borowick on who will facilitate your participation in the march.

This year’s Australian team Head of Delegation Harry Procel, General Manager of the team in 1997, noted that “whilst the 1997 marchers will be identifiable as Australian, they will march and be acknowledged separately from this year’s team.”

President of MAI, Lisa Borowick, stated that “we anticipate this opportunity being made available again in 2017 for the 20th Maccabiah – the 20th anniversary of the tragedy, for those who cannot join us this year.”

Lisa, along with the entire Board of MAI is delighted that Maccabi World Union has made this offer, acknowledging the importance to many to complete their march in their own time. For those not able to attend this year, we encourage you to start planning for 2017.


One Response to “Maccabiah 1997 – Finish the March”
  1. marcos says:

    I am Marcos Schwartzman from Mexico City and i have the world record in open category in soccer assiting to the Maccabiah games with my certificate of the Maccabiah World Unión.
    I was president of the sport Comitee of the Jewish Sport Center in Mexico and Head Of Delegation of Mexico in the Maccabiah games in Israel and Panamerican Maccabiah.
    I am envolved in sports for all my life and i was near your delegation in the tragedy, and i really sorry very much.
    You can published if you want my words.
    Sorry for my mistakes writing in English.
    Mexico is playing soccer now in the Maccabiah that are finishing in 2 days.
    I would like to be included in the march in Maccabiah games in 1917 and to met the families and to give them a small present from Mexico with all our love and from my family.
    We wish the best of the life for you. Is a Little hard for me to explain all this in English, i need more words.
    I would like to know about you and to know if i can be there. I will be again In Israel in 2017.
    Very Truly Yours.
    Marcos Schwartzman and Family
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    52 55 52811386 office. work

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