Israeli equestrian chooses Yom Kippur observance over world championships
Dan Kramer withdraws from an International Equestrian Federation event that serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, due to its conflict with the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur on Sept. 19.
August 28, 2018 / JNS) An Israeli equestrian has decided to withdraw from an International Equestrian Federation event that serves as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, due to its conflict with Yom Kippur on Sept. 19.
Israeli rider Dan Kramer penned a letter to the international federation earlier this month, announcing that he would not take part in the competition in North Carolina because it was scheduled for the most venerated holiday on the Jewish calendar.
Kramer, who suffered a leg injury in the Israel Defense Forces, returned to his childhood pastime of horseback riding as part of his physical-therapy program. He qualified for the world championships last year.
The rest of the Israeli team is reportedly divided as to Kramer’s decision, which could impact the team’s qualification for the Olympics.