Giro d’Italia to be­gin in Is­rael in 2018: min­istry

The Phnom Penh Post - - SPORT -

THE Giro d’Italia is to be­gin in Is­rael in 2018, the first time one of cy­cling’s three ma­jor races has started out­side Europe, the coun­try’s Sport Min­istry said yes­ter­day. A spokesman for Is­raeli Sports Min­is­ter Miri Regev con­firmed the start, but could not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. Host­ing the race’s start will mark a ma­jor sport­ing coup for Is­rael and pro­vide it with an op­por­tu­nity to pro­mote its tourism in­dus­try in a year when it also cel­e­brates 70 years since the coun­try’s cre­ation. How­ever, it also risks protests sur­round­ing the event over its oc­cu­pa­tion of Pales­tinian ter­ri­tory.

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