The Olympic class, the initiative of the Olympic medalist Eric Zeevi accompanied by the Olympic Committee in Israel, was launched today (Tuesday) in Shafaram, in a joint project together with the bicycle association.
The program started at L.D. Yitzhak Shamir City School in Tel Aviv and since then it has been a success with dedicated classes where sportsmen and women who specialize in various sports study, and receive an integrated framework of training and studies that is specially adapted for them.
The entire process is designed to provide a solution from the stage of locating the young athletes, through building and accompanying them to the stage of specialization as professional athletes.
Today in Israel, the sports orientation at young ages is almost entirely academic, without a corresponding system of achievements.
Most of the successful athletes get there thanks to exceptional personal excellence, but at young ages the guidance and familiarity with the branches in a professional competitive orientation is often lacking.
Therefore, the Olympic class is expected to be a layer of excellence designed to bring the Olympic values to the periphery and hopefully also yield future medals.
The choice of Shafram for the Olympic class is not accidental.
In Shafaram there is a vibrant sports culture in general and bicycle sports in particular, including the sensational cyclist Munira Yassin, Israel's youth champion in cross-country cycling who, at the age of 16, placed 14th in the world championships, just two years after learning to ride a bicycle.
The cycling association's initiative to connect the value and achievements of the Olympic class to the abilities of Faram to support the industry, this morning produced an exciting joint launch in both the achievement arena and the social arena.
Yael Arad, Chairman of the Olympic Committee: "The Olympic class is a model that is a win for everyone.
For the children who get a chance to fulfill their dreams and grow up in a framework of Olympic excellence, for school and of course for Israeli sports.
Each such class is a link in the realization of the vision of integrating athletes from Arab society in Israel's Olympic delegations.
The collaboration with the fashion association in the city where a local athlete, a medalist in the European Cadet Championship - Munira Yassin - has grown is a winning model and we aim to expand the activity to 3 more sports."
Yael Arad (center) and Eric Zaevi (left) in Shafram, photo: Israel Olympic Committee
Dafna Lang, chairman of the cycling association: "Opening the first Olympic class in the Arab sector in the city of Shafaram is a dream come true and demonstrates in practice that cooperation in Israel between the local authority, the Olympic committee and the Ministry of Education and the cycling association is possible and is only the beginning of a trend that we hope will continue and intensify in the future."
Eric Zavi: "I am proud of the opening of the Olympic class in Shafaram - a dream that is coming true. Today there is a great vacuum in the ages of children and youth - there is no method, almost everything is accidental. The talent exists in Israel and as evidenced by the recent medals we have achieved in the last competitions. Moreover, the conditions for our Olympic athletes are among the best and leading In the world, no less. But there is a lack of infrastructure to locate the athletes, an orderly program for the young athletes who want to practice sports. Ultimately, this is where the medals will come from in the future."
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