Sports Diplomacy. Sylvan Adams, excellent unofficial Israeli Ambassador. – IsraelValley
SYLVAN ADAMS, FAVORITE FROM ISRAELVALLEY. The Hebrew state doesn’t really have a sports diplomacy, but an unofficial ambassador on the issue: billionaire Sylvan Adam. He will certainly play an important role for the 2024 Olympics in Paris.
Founder of the new Israel Start Up Nation cycling team which has aligned itself with the Tour de France, host of the Giro in 2018, linchpin of the Argentina-Uruguay friendly match in Tel Aviv the following year, investor in F1, Québéco -Israelian Sylvan Adams does not hide it: he does in his own way in « sports diplomacy ».
“Sport is a language that everyone speaks (…) and using sport for a positive diplomatic purpose such as bonding with our neighbors in the Middle East or holding a football match in Israel is like sports diplomacy. And I plead guilty to this idea, ”he argues.
In 2019, Sylvan Adams is considered by The Jerusalem Post to be the 35e most influential Jewish personality. In the same year, he received the title of honorary professor of the University of Tel Aviv.. (IsraelValley and Excerpts from YOU)
Adams’ fortune is estimated at over $ 1 billion. In the 1980s, he met his wife Margaret while on a voluntary mission to a kibbutz in the United Kingdom. The couple have four children.
Sylvan Adams is involved as a patron and philanthropist. He holds many honorary positions. In 2015, he was one of the signatories of The Giving Pledge, a philanthropic campaign launched by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. He and his wife set up the Margaret and Sylvan Adams Family Foundation, to support educational and medical projects in Israel and Canada. The foundation offers doctoral scholarships to the Israeli Academy of Sciences and Letters. He is also one of the sponsors of SpaceIL, a non-profit organization aiming to launch the first Israeli lunar landing..
At the end of 2015, Adams made his alya and moved from Montreal to Tel Aviv-Jaffa in Israel. Both received Israeli citizenship in .