Mac­cabi Games open

Winnipeg Free Press - Section D - - SPORTS -

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.

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