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August 23, 2016 12:07 pm

Israeli Olympian Judoka Yarden Gerbi Auctioning Rio Name Tag to Raise Money for Pediatric Cancer Patients

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Yarden Gerbi's ID back tag. Photo: eBay.

Yarden Gerbi’s ID back tag. Photo: eBay.

An Israeli athlete who brought home a bronze medal from the Olympics in Rio last week announced on Tuesday that she is auctioning off her identity tag to the highest bidder and donating the proceeds to pediatric cancer patients.

Judoka Yarden Gerbi, who has become a household name in the Jewish state for her August 9 victory over Japan’s Miku Tashiru in the under-73-kg competition, wrote on Facebook, in Hebrew and English:

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Three years ago, when I won the World Championship, I auctioned the special back number I was awarded with the title of world champion.

The winner of the backnumber was Tal Keidar, and together we managed to raise $3800, all of which was donated to the children’s oncology ward of Ichilov hospital.

I decided to auction my signed Rio Olympic back number (the auction will close on the 29th of August). In addition, if the winner of the backnumber is Israeli (the auction is open worldwide) I will gladly hand over the item personally.

Once again, all the money raised will go directly to the same ward in Ichilov – Children cancer patients. I don’t know how much money I will raise, but I know that any amount will help.

When I visited the ward with Professor Bickles I met amazing kids who are heroes, doing their best to fight and keep high spirits.

I recently found out that Liran Or, a sweet and loving girl whom I was in contact with, had passed away. That’s the reason I decided to donate to the same ward.

Please, share the link and spread the word about the auction. And most importantly, keep healthy.

Gerbi, 27, was the first Israeli to win a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics — and to win an Olympic medal since 2008.

The day after Gerbi’s win, as The Algemeiner reported, a new bill was brought before the Knesset proposing that the state pay what amounts to a monthly minimum-wage salary to any Israeli athlete who wins an Olympic medal.

Gerbi was among the national judoka team members to be greeted and lauded by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at his office upon their return from Brazil. At the gathering, Netanyahu likened the martial art of judo to the state of Israel as a whole, calling it a combination of “brains, brawn and heart.”

He ended by raising the much-publicized issue — reported by The Algemeiner — of the rebuff received by male Israeli bronze medalist Ori Sasson from his Egyptian rival at the end of their fight.

As of press time, the bid for Gerbi’s Rio name tag on eBay stood at $13,000.

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  • Reform School

    Yarden possesses far more wisdom than the Egyptian gerbil who refused Sasson’s handshake. Same goes for the Knesset gerbils whose salary payments would extend BDS sanctions to Israeli Olympians by making them professionals, as was done to the legendary American Olympian Jim Thorpe 80 years ago.

    “That would be unfair,” I hear you cry?

    Was it fair to Thorpe, whose “salary” was limited to the free room-and-board he accepted while training?

    Has the world ever applied “fairness” to Israel and Jews?

  • Linda

    Classy sweet Israeli winners. So proud of you.

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