WPF Press Releases

2022 World Maccabi Games

For Immediate Release

July 4, 2022

Pickleball is accepted as an exhibition sport at an IOC Sanctioned event, a major step towards Olympic acceptance.

Seymour Rifkind, (rif) President of WPF announced earlier this year that pickleball had been accepted as an exhibition sport at the 2022 World Maccabi Games. The World Maccabi Games is the 3rd largest international sporting event in the world. With over 10,000 athletes representing 85 countries in 45 sports only the Olympic Games and FIFA World Cup are larger international sporting events.

Rif has assembled a great team of open and senior pros to participate in pickleball exhibitions which will coincide with the tennis competition. Four exhibitions are scheduled in Ramat Hasharon, Haifa, Jerusalem and Netania. Additionally, the team will perform exhibitions in the streets of Haifa and Jerusalem educating Israeli citizens why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States and inviting them on the courts to give pickleball a try.  

Our exhibition team members consist of:

Seymour Rifkind-President, WPF & IPTPA

Robert Quicksilver- Chairman of the Board, USA Pickleball

Jillian Braverman- CEO of DUPR, Open Pro Player

Megan Hall- Open Pro Player

Suzanne Leblang-Senior Pro Player

Brian Levine-Senior Pro Player

Scott Fliegelman-Senior Pro Player

As a young and growing sport, pickleball is going through some well documented growing pains. One objective that all organizations and companies can agree on is the desire to see pickleball in the Olympics. This has brought many of our leading organizations together. I’m pleased to announce the financial contributions made by USA Pickleball, IPTPA, and DUPR.  Additional donations were provided by Maccabi USA and senior pro Brian Levine. Thanks as well to Pickleball Rocks for supplying team apparel to help build team solidarity and recognition. Our team arrives in Israel July 14, for the opening ceremonies and over the next 10 days we’ll demonstrate to the international sporting community why pickleball is the fastest growing sport in the United States while building memories that will last a lifetime.

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