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      Committee to Investigate ‘Olympics Failure’

      Sports Minister to investigate ‘failures’ in preparation for Olympic games as Israeli team to come home without medals.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 8/9/2012, 7:14 PM

      Israel's Olympic team with President Shimon Peres and Sport Minister Limor Livnat
      Israel's Olympic team with President Shimon Peres and Sport Minister Limor Livnat
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      Minister of Culture and Sport Limor Livnat plans to establish a committee to look into Israeli athletes’ training prior to the Olympic games in London, Reshet Bet radio reports.

      The committee will be tasked with learning lessons to be implemented before the next Olympics.

      Israel’s team will be coming home without a medal this year for the first time since the mid-1990s. There were disappointments in sports in which Israel has seen success in the past, as top Israeli judokas were eliminated in the first match, while only one Israeli windsailer, Lee Korzits, made it to the medal race.

      Livnat noted the wide gap between Israeli sports officials’ expectations for the Olympics team, and the actual results. The gap is particularly notable in light of the fact that the budget for preparations for the games was the largest in all time.

      Israelis competed in several events, including swimming, Judo, wrestling, and rhythmic gymnastics. There were some individual successes, including swimmer Yakov-Yan Toumarkin’s new Israeli record.