Israel’s Shahar Zubari led his country’s team into the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday night, bearing the Israeli flag.
The 25-year-old windsurfer from Eilat, who brought home a bronze medal from Beijing in 2008, was appearing at his second Olympic Games. He was joined by 37 other sportsmen and women from Israel.
London 2012 will mark the Israel’s 15th Olympic Games. The country has sent a delegation every year since its debut at Helsinki in 1952, except in 1980, when it participated in the American-led boycott of Moscow.
The largest Israeli delegation was the one that traveled to Beijing in 2008, numbering 43 athletes. The smallest was sent to Melbourne in 1956 and numbered only three.