Born: 1905, Doniovitch, Ukraine-Russia
One of Israel’s sports pioneers and teachers, Chaim Wein was a founder
of the Eretz Yisroel Sports Federation in 1931, and served its successor,
the Israel Olympic Committee, as deputy chairman from 1957 to 1963. He
was named a member of the Presidium of Israel’s Sports Federation
in 1957 beginning, and served as its chairman for many years.
chairman of the Sports Committee of Maccabi World Union (MWU) from
1944 to 1962,
and head of the Organizing Committee for the 9th (1973)
and 10th (1977) Maccabiah Games. He took an active role in every Maccabiah
from 1932 to 1981, and was involved in preparations the 12th Games,
but passed away a year before the 1985 event.
In 1983, International
Olympic Committee president Juan Antonio Samaranch presented him with
the prestigious Olympic Order. He was only the second
Israeli to be awarded the honor.
Wein immigrated to Palestine in 1921,
and was schooled in physical education in Denmark 1931-32, where he
received his degree. A Holy
Land physical education
teacher, Wein was director of the Palestine-Israel Physical Education
Teachers College from 1944 to 1960, and supervisor of physical education
from 1960 to 1981.