Israel post issued a set of three postage stamps featuring Artistic Gymnastics, Athletics – the High Jump and Taekwondo to commemorate the 30th Olympic Games LONDON 2012. The Olympic Games London 2012 will open in London on July 27 and close on August 12.
These Games will conclude the 30th Olympiad of the modern era. Over the course of 19 days, thousands of athletes from around the globe will compete in 26 fields, in 39 different sports and in 34 separate venues.
2012 is a special year for Israeli Olympic sports as it marks the 60th anniversary of the Israeli Olympic delegation, which first participated in the 1952 games in Helsinki, the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli Olympic athletes at the 1972 Games in Munich and the 20th anniversary of Israel’s first Olympic medals, won in Barcelona 1992.
The Olympic Committee of Israel, the Israeli sports umbrella organization, is responsible for preparing and sending Israel’s athletes to the Olympic Games. Israeli athletes will most notably compete in the fields of: artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, swimming, athletics, sailing, windsurfing, shooting, judo, badminton and synchronized swimming. The Israeli delegation to London has three key objectives: to return with an Olympic medal for the sixth straight time since Barcelona 1992, to win an Olympic medal in a field in which Israel has never won before and to see a female Israeli athlete stand on the Olympic podium 20 years after Yael Arad won Israel’s first Olympic medal in Barcelona 1992. in 1952.
Athletics is one of the priority sports in Israel. There are 47 athletics events at the Olympic Games – running, jumping and throwing. Among the jumping events is the high jump. The early jumping style, the scissors technique, later gave way to the roll and then in 1968 Dick Fosbury introduced a brand new style in which he ran toward the bar and jumped over it backwards (with his back toward the bar). The “Fosbury flop” gained international recognition when Fosbury won the 1968 Gold Medal after clearing 2.24 meters in Mexico City. Israel’s best-ever Olympic achievement in athletics was in the men’s high jump in Sydney 2000, where Israel finished in the respectable fifth place.
Title: The Olympic Games London 2012 – Israel
Date of Issue: 26 June 2012
Denominations: 4.5 NIS, 2 NIS x 2