GROWING ISRAEL’S FUTURE OLYMPIANS

The IFOE’s goals are to expand Israel’s Olympic medal tally and increase sports’ excellence

GROWING ISRAEL’S FUTURE OLYMPIANS

The IFOE’s goals are to expand Israel’s Olympic medal tally and increase sports’ excellence

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OUR GOAL

Israel is currently ranked as low as 93rd in global Olympic achievements, with only 9 Olympic medals. So far financial support has only been given only to the accomplished athletes who have already reached Olympic qualification age. Israeli youth gifted with Olympic potential are overlooked and under-invested.

IFOE PROJECTS

Elementary School Program for Excellence

Extends physical education for kids gifted in sports to six hours per week. Classes are led by IFOE's Olympic-grade coaches in schools



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Intensive Advanced Training Programs

Nurtures youth to sporting excellence. Youth gifted with potential to become Olympic athletes scouted and trained by Olympic grade coaches.



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About Arik Zeevi

Ariel “Arik” Zeevi, considered one of the greatest Israeli athletes of all time, had a long and successful career competing in Judo competitions. Zeevi won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and is the only Israeli Olympian to compete in 4 Olympic games.

About Arik Zeevi

Ariel “Arik” Zeevi, considered one of the greatest Israeli athletes of all time, had a long and successful career competing in Judo competitions. Zeevi won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and is the only Israeli Olympian to compete in 4 Olympic games.

About Arik Zeevi

Ariel “Arik” Zeevi, considered one of the greatest Israeli athletes of all time, had a long and successful career competing in Judo competitions. Zeevi won a bronze medal in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and is the only Israeli Olympian to compete in 4 Olympic games.

After returning home from the 1996 Summer Olympics with only one gold medal, the UK invested aggressively in scouting and coaching athletes to win at the Olympics. Grants of $47,000 to $79,000 per athlete for coaching and training paid those sports with the best hope of success was part of a strategy that moved Britain from 36th place in the gold medals' table in 1996 to 2nd place in 2016. In the USA too, those sports that received the most funding won the most medals, while sports whose funding was cut did poorly.

Our Coaches and staff

ALEX ASHKENAZI

Judo Coach Olympic-level coach who trained Olympic medalist Arik Zeevi



GAL FRIDMAN

Windsurfing Coach Two-time Olympic medalist and former world champion



Semyonov Konstantine

Semyonov Konstantine is a former Olympic pole vaulter and Israeli record holder, whose personal best is 5.76 meters, achieved in July 1996 in Tel Aviv. In 1992, he won a bronze medal at the European Indoor Championships.



SHUKI KOAZ

Judo Coach 13-time Israeli judo champion and 2005 European champion



Yosef Gizacho

Track Coach Former Israeli champion having won 24 championships



Roman Kogan

Roman Kogan is an Israeli champion pole vaulter and all-around athlete. He harnesses his vast knowledge of competitive athletics to coach the IFOE's athletics class at Rabin School in Netanya. He is also a senior Maccabi Tel Aviv coach and coaches youths and cadets for the Israeli National Team.


Zohar Zimro

Track Coach Olympic runner and World Championships participant



Shaked Haimy

Former national coach and head coach for Israeli national team in beach volleyball



Marat Margulis

Marat is a senior athletics coach, certified by the Wingate Center. He coaches youth and adult athletes competing on international levels. Under his tutelage, several medallists and European Champions have emerged.



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