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As published: First Israeli athlete competed in Indonesia with national symbols Israel today


The track cyclist, Rotem Tana, participated in the second round of the Nations Cup with the national uniform and the country's flag flying next to his name • Team coach Steve McEwan: "A fantastic performance by Rotem here in Jakarta, he showed high performance"

For the first time in history, an Israeli athlete competed last night (Friday) in Indonesia, appearing with the national uniform and the country's flag flying next to his name, as first published in "Israel Hayom". 

The one who did this was the track cyclist Rotem Tana, who participated in the second round of the Nations Cup, held in the country's capital, Jakarta, when he competed in the elimination race, where he finished in ninth place overall, while the Japanese champion Aya Hashimoto won the gold. 

"Fantastic performance by Rotem here in Jakarta," said the team's coach Steve McEwan, "9th place in a brutal heat, as Rotem presented a high performance, against competitors of the highest level." 

As mentioned, this is the first time that an Israeli athlete competes with national symbols in Indonesia, when until today, the Muslim country, with which Israel has no diplomatic relations, flatly refused to allow this, when only recently the shooter Sergey Richter canceled his participation in the World Cup because of this. 

Olympic badminton player Misha Zilberman also entered the 2015 World Championship in Indonesia at the last minute, but the game time and live tracking was 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. 

Israel's track cycling team, competing in Indonesia, includes Tena, Michael Yakovlev and Vlad Loginov.

This is an important competition on the way to the Olympics, as it is one of nine competitions whose ranking will determine the criterion for the Paris 2024 Games, with the criterion consisting of three Nations Cup competitions this year, three next year, the European Championships and the World Championship. 

The latest steps are 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. 

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Source: israelhayom

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