The Olympics are not the only international sporting event set to begin.
Beginning Sunday, Montgomery County will play host to one of the biggest international youth sports competitions.
The Maccabi Games, a traditional Olympic-style athletic, cultural and community service event for Jewish teens, will be hosted by the Greater Washington Jewish Community Center in Rockville. An estimated 1,900 athletes from roughly a dozen countries and from all over the United States will compete in 20 events with the opening ceremonies scheduled for Sunday evening at the MCI Center.
The Maccabi Games have been held in the United States since 1982 but have never been played in the Washington area.
"It's been busy but we're very excited," said JCC Communications Director Kim Goldberg. "With 1,900 athletes coming to the area, we're the largest games ever taken place in the U.S."
Sunday's Opening Ceremonies kick off the competition with a tribute to the 11 at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games. ABC Sports broadcaster Jim McKay, who broadcasted the Munich Games, and Anouk Spitzer -- daughter of one of the 11 Israelis killed in Munich -- will help open the Maccabi Games at the MCI Center on Sunday evening at 6.
Washington Capitals star Jeff Halpern -- a Potomac native -- will also be on hand for the ceremonies which will also include lighting of the cauldron and entertainment. The event is free to the public but requires a picture identification.
More than 400 Montgomery County youth will be a part of the competition beginning on Monday at locations around the county. Events range from traditional sports like baseball and basketball to dance and table tennis.
Those planning on attending events must register with the Jewish Community Center. Registration is available online at www.jccgwmaccabi.org.