Israel's track cycling team landed in Indonesia this morning (Monday) to participate in the Nations Cup competition, after receiving the visas and security clearances, when they are expected to participate with national symbols, which has been avoided so far in previous cases.
The team that includes Rotem Tana, Michael Yakovlev and Vlad Loginov, managed to enter a country with which Israel has no diplomatic relations, the same one that only recently refused to allow shooter Sergey Richter to participate in the World Cup with the Israeli flag.
Olympic badminton player Misha Zilberman also entered the 2015 World Championships in Indonesia at the last minute, but the game time and live tracking were not published and next to his name at the end of the game, the Israeli flag did not appear in the results, as he also played on a side court.
It should be emphasized that the current competition, which will open on February 23, is an important competition on the way to the Olympics, when it is one of 9 competitions whose ranking will determine the criteria for the Paris 2024 Games, with the criteria consisting of 3 Nations Cup competitions this year, 3 next year, the European Championships and the World Championship .
The whole last step is also great news for the Israel under-20 soccer team, which is supposed to play in Indonesia, for the first time ever in the Mondialeto this May, when in the last period efforts are being made to obtain the entry visas and allow the team to play like all the other national teams.
The cycling association stated: "All of this was made possible thanks to the help of the Israel Olympic Committee against the International Olympic Committee, the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Israel Cycling Association against the International Cycling Association."
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