The participating countries in the Maccabiah Games are Argentina, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bolivia, Bulgaria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Congo-Kinshasa, Denmark, Finland, France, Guatemala, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Lithuania, Republic of Macedonia, Mexico, Moldova, Netherlands, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rhodesia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Spain, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay and Venezuela.
Some of the featured sports included during the 2005 Maccabiah Games are Athletics (track and field), Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Gold ad Gymnastics.
Ironically, Judas Maccabeus, the man for whom the game is named after was strictly against athletic games and competitions. These games are modeled on the modern Olympics - in turn modeled on the Classical Greek ones, of which Maccabeus also evidently disapproved as part of an alien and hostile culture. The last Maccabiah Games were held in 2005 that attracted the largest attendance of any Maccabiah Games to date. This included more than 900 representatives from the United States, almost 500 from Australia, and more than 2,000 from Israel, bringing the total participants to more than 7,700. Israel finished at the top of the medal count with 227 gold medals. The United States was a distant second with 71 gold medals, while Russia came in third with 15.
The medal count for 2005 Maccabiah Games are as follows:
2United States 718167219
4South Africa 128828
The Jews make sure that the Maccabiah Games are the most exciting, thrilling and largest sporting event in the world. The competitors come from all over the world uniting under this multi-sport event. Everyone is looking forward to the 19th Maccabiah Games which would be held in Ramat-Gan, Israel, Jul 12, 2009. Good luck to all the teams and athletes for the third largest sporting event in the world.