These days, before the opening of the Beijing Summer Olympic Games should be special for Eyal Mandel, 20, a member of the Israeli swim team who has trained for years. Unfortunately, things took a tragic turn for the worse on Wednesday when his dad had a fatal accident.
Eyal’s dad, Kusta, 51, was changing a light bulb near the family home in Netanya, leaning his ladder against a wall. The ladder slipped and he fell 4 meters, landing hard. MDA Emergency Medical Service personnel worked to resuscitate him, but they eventually were compelled to pronounce him dead.
Eyal was already in the Olympic village, preparing for his competition on Tuesday. It was 2:00AM and the family decided to wait until morning to tell Eyal, who they explain was extremely close to his father.
Two members of the team who are close to Eyal gave him the bitter news, explaining it would be his call – if he wished to return home or remain in Beijing.
(Yechiel Spira – YWN Israel)