Israel delegation to return to hero’s welcome

Olympic Committee of Israel Secretary-General Gili Lustig could finally afford to sit back and enjoy the closing ceremony of the inaugural European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, on Sunday night, knowing the delegation he headed far exceeded expectations over the 16 days of competition.

More than 6,000 athletes from 50 nations competed in Baku, with Israel sending over 140 athletes, its largest ever delegation to a sporting event.

The Israeli delegation claimed 12 medals in all, two golds, four silvers and six bronzes, with 12 other athletes also reaching finals.


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