In 1932, Yossef Yekutieli's vision came to life, as the first Maccabiah Games opened in Israel. The Games, the first ever held during the British Mandate of Palestine, were opened by Tel Aviv Mayor Meir Dizengoff, who rode through the streets of Tel Aviv on a white horse. The opening ceremony witnessed the release of 120 carrier pigeons, 10 pigeons for each of the 12 tribes of Israel, whose mission was to send to the world news of the opening of the first Maccabiah games.
Almost 400 athletes from 18 countries participated, including over 60 athletes from Arab countries such as Syria and Egypt. — in Tel Aviv.