Bat-El Gaterer is Israel’s lone Shomer Shabbos athlete, scheduled to compete in the Taekwondo competition.
Her training crew explains that while other athletes are ingesting high-protein bars for quick energy between competitions, she will be using instant soup containing high doses of MSG.
Coach Noa Shmida explains that the issue of her dietary restrictions is indeed problematic since she is not eating as healthy as she feels she should, but on the other hand, she is Israel’s only athlete competing in the Taekwondo, so she must be doing something right.
She recalls their time in Belgium for another match, selecting a hotel close enough to the competition to walk on Shabbos. Noa says Bat-El is strict, and there are no elevators on Shabbos, or any electric appliances, and they are compelled to accommodate her believes for she is uncompromising regarding halacha.
Bat-El grew up in the Shomron community of Kochav Yaakov, and attended high school in the Ulpana in Ofrah. Noa explains that she will not practice on Shabbos and her matches are not held on Shabbos. All this she explains was checked in advance.
Israel’s Olympic athletes arrived in China on Tuesday.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)