Maccabi GB announces new age categories for 2022 Maccabiah Games
Further to the previous announcement made on 2nd April 2020 with regards to the postponement of the 21st Maccabiah Games from 2021 to 2022, the Maccabi World Union (MWU) International Sports Committee (ISC) have amended the age criteria for the new 2022 event.
The dates for the 2022 Maccabiah Games are July 10th – July 27th 2022 (subject to change).
The updated age categories are stated below:
• Juniors will now be for anyone born between 1/1/04 and 31/12/07 (u18 1/1/04-31/12/05 and u16 1/1/06-31/12/07)
o In Swimming there will be only one Junior division for Boys (born 2006-2008) and Girls (born 2006-2008).
o In Gymnastics there will be only one Junior division for Boys born in the years 2004 to 2007 and Girls born in the years 2007 to 2008.
o In Rhythmic Gymnastics there will be only one Junior division for Girls born in the years 2007 to 2008.
• Open; anyone born before 31/12/03
• Masters 35; anyone who will be 35 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1987)
• Masters 45; anyone who will be 45 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1977)
• Masters 50; anyone who will be 50 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1972) Masters Golf only
• Masters 55; anyone who will be 55 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1967)
• Masters 65; anyone who will be 65 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1957) There is a specific age category of Super Masters in Golf only
• Masters 75; anyone who will be 75 in the year of the Games ( i.e. born before 31/12/1947)
Maccabi GB recognise that this news will come as a major disappointment to some athletes (especially Juniors who were born in 2003) as they will now unfortunately miss out of participating in a Junior Maccabiah. Maccabi GB argued the case with the ISC against this happening but the reality is that most of the other 80 participating countries have not started their recruitment process yet, therefore the ISC deemed this was the best option to proceed with.
For those applicants who are affected by the new age category please do remember that you still have the chance of representing Maccabi GB and are encouraged to try out for the Open squads in their relevant sport
As regards the costs of the reorganised Maccabiah; although it is Maccabi GB’s intention to hold the prices which were announced prior to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is far too early to be able to confirm this. Maccabi GB is waiting for its Israeli hosts to reconfirm the registration fee. In addition, there are many other costs which could well be affected and as yet are unknown, in particular the flight costs. Despite these unknowns Maccabi GB is going to encourage its managers to select athletes as early as possible to allow the longest possible time to spread the monthly payments in order to ease the financial pressure of competing at the 2022 Maccabiah Games. Maccabi GB will, of course, confirm the costs once we have all the necessary information.
Joel Nathan, General Team Manager for Team Maccabi GB, along with the rest of his management team and the professional staff at Maccabi GB, will continue to try and build the largest possible squad to take to the Games although fully understand that it will be a very tough economic environment.
Despite this, representing Maccabi Great Britain at the Maccabiah is something every Jewish athlete should strive for and Maccabi GB hope to see as many athletes as possible competing at the Games in 2022 and beyond.
To register please visit: - https://www.maccabigb.org/maccabiahgames