Can you imagine a country, hosting a sports competition, 'forgetting' to bring a participant country's national anthem? Can you imagine them forgetting a different country's national anthem CD, say, the United States'? Or maybe even Saudi Arabia's? Now, I don't know whether or not Saudi Arabia participated--oh wait, they couldn't have; at the very least, they couldn't have sent a woman; women probably aren't allowed to row in Saudi Arabia, I mean, they're not allowed to drive, so...?
So the competition organizers didn't think that Israel stood a chance to win (let alone the gold medal)? Well, think again. Kol haKavod to Moran, and to Israel!