Jerusalem, 10 August 2002

PM Sharon congratulates Israeli pole vaulter Averbukh
(Communicated by the Prime Minister’s Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon this evening (Saturday), 10.8.2002, spoke with Israeli pole vaulter Alex Averbukh following the latter’s winning the gold medal at the European Athletics Championship in Munich earlier today.

The Prime Minister congratulated Averbukh on his victory and said that this was a very important achievement for the State of Israel, especially on the 30th anniversary of the massacre of Israeli Olympic athletes by terrorists. The Prime Minister wished Averbukh additional successes in the future and congratulated him on behalf of the entire government. Averbukh thanked the Prime Minister and said that he believes that sport can advance, and contribute to, peace.