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Giro’s Israel start generates debate

by VeloClub

The recent news that the Giro d’Italia will begin in Israel has been both hailed as a sign of the sport’s global expansion, and criticised due to the controversy of holding the race there. The Guardian’s Richard Abraham has weighed up the matter.

Here’s an excerpt:

Israelis are now turning their attention to a new kind of construction: image. Despite the occupation and condemnation from the international community, Israel is ready to project its pride at what it has built and paint over the canvas of conflict. Holding the brush is Sylvan Adams, an ebullient 58-year-old property billionaire who emigrated from Canada in 2016.

“‘Normal Israel’ is the phrase that I’ve coined; it’s the regular daily life which somehow is not an interesting enough story to be told to the rest of the world. All they want to do is talk about conflict and terrorism but that’s a very, very small part of life in Israel,” he says.

Yet calls for a boycott will remain until next May, with the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) movement claiming the event represents a “sports-washing of Israel’s occupation and apartheid”.

Click through here to read the full story at the Guardian, and here for some details of Cycling Academy backer Adams’ goal to ‘turn Tel Aviv into “the Amsterdam of the Middle East.”’