Maccabi Games open
BERLIN — Germany’s president welcomed Jewish athletes Tuesday to the first European Maccabi Games to be held in the country, at a site built by the Nazis for the 1936 Olympics.
About 2,300 athletes from 38 countries are expected to compete in 19 events at the games. President Joachim Gauck stressed the symbolism of holding a Jewish sporting event at a site built under the Nazis, and in a year when Germany and Israel are celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations.
The event runs through Aug. 5.