Maccabiah update

March 24, 2020 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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As a community, country and global citizens, Maccabi Australia is experiencing a challenge that is resulting in many aspects of our lives to be beyond our control.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted day-to-day life so severely that the playing of any sport or training for an event is simply impossible.

As with many other aspects of how we are living at this moment that is out on our control, regretfully, this has led to some global changes that will affect the 2021 Maccabiah Games in Israel (20 July to 3 August 2021).

The International Olympic Committee announced yesterday that the Tokyo 2020 games are likely to move to the Northern Summer in 2021 (between June and August), whilst the UEFA Euro 2020 and Copa America 2020 will also be postponed until 2021.

Maccabi World Union is currently considering its options as to when is best to host the 21st Maccabiah Games, bearing in mind that the Maccabiah was only ever cancelled during the Second World War and it is incumbent upon them to continue to host the games for the benefit of the Jewish People in the diaspora and citizens of the State of Israel.

The timing of the games will be announced in around a month’s time, once the Tokyo Olympic Games have been officially rescheduled.

Further communications will be sent out once additional information comes to hand. Nominations that have been received will be held until a decision is made by Maccabi World Union, at which time a letter outlining options moving forward, including refunding any nomination fee paid.

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