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1 researchok  Fri, Jul 20, 2012 5:34:28pm

While I'm in favor of the idea, I am bothered by the fact it has taken 40 years to see such a concerted effort.

It would have been far more impressive had this Herculean effort been made to commemorate the tragedy for the last 40 years at every Olympic Games.

Now, rightly or wrongly, the effort will seem more political than moral.

Which in itself is a tragedy because the 1972 Munich games needs to be remembered as the time the Olympic movement was violated, something that must never be allowed to be repeated.

2 sliv_the_eli  Fri, Jul 20, 2012 7:42:49pm

re: #1 researchok

While I'm in favor of the idea, I am bothered by the fact it has taken 40 years to see such a concerted effort.

It would have been far more impressive had this Herculean effort been made to commemorate the tragedy for the last 40 years at every Olympic Games.

Now, rightly or wrongly, the effort will seem more political than moral.

Which in itself is a tragedy because the 1972 Munich games needs to be remembered as the time the Olympic movement was violated, something that must never be allowed to be repeated.

This is not the first time that the IOC has been asked to allow a moment of silience to commemorate the slain athletes. As described in a piece carried by CNN a few days ago:

For more than three decades, the families of those killed in the attack have tried to have the Olympics honor their loved ones during the opening ceremonies. Incredibly, the IOC has steadfastly refused that very simple request.

Olympic officials claim -- quite falsely -- that they would never mix politics with the games. But that is clearly not the real reason. The real reason is cowardice.

(Emphasis added). [Link: www.cnn.com...]

I am not sure why the issue seems to be gaining some greater traction this year, but there is no question that a moment of silence to honor their memory is LONG overdue. There is also little question that, left to its own cowardice, the IOC will continue to refuse to do so. Hence my plea for folks to join the petition.

3 CuriousLurker  Sun, Jul 22, 2012 8:34:34am

I'm curious: Does anyone know why Alex Giladi, the sole Israeli member of the IOC, isn't supporting the commemoration?

Sports Minister Limor Livnat Monday criticized compatriot and International Olympic Committee member Alex Giladi for failing to support a call to commemorate the 11 Israelis killed in Munich in 1972. [...]

[Note: The full article requires premium access, which I don't have.]

More at Haaretz...

4 CuriousLurker  Sun, Jul 22, 2012 8:00:05pm

re: #3 CuriousLurker

Never mind, I found the answer:

Rogge's comments today come after Israel's IOC member Alex Gilady told insidethegames earlier this year that he did not want to see the tragedy remembered at the Olympics.

"The unity of the Olympic movement is the most important one, and therefore, I am not supporting such a move," said Gilady, who in 1972 was a journalist covering the Olympics.
"Such an act may harm the unity of the Olympics.

"Besides, it was time for the Israeli Olympic Committee and Family to ask for such an act in 1976 in Montreal – that was the perfect time and they have not asked.

"Four years later in Moscow the Israeli Olympic Committee boycotted the Games and even in Los Angeles in 1984, with a very strong Jewish involvement in the Organising Committee and in the town, they have not asked."

"The Israeli Olympic Committee is hosting a memorial which the President of the IOC is attending, and many delegates from many other National Olympic Committees are present and, on this occasion, we are commemorating a minute's silence."

5 Destro  Mon, Jul 23, 2012 6:10:18am

re: #4 CuriousLurker

Never mind, I found the answer:

Per Wikipedia:

"There is, however, a memorial outside the Olympic stadium in Munich in the form of a stone tablet at the bridge linking the stadium to the former Olympic village. There is also a memorial tablet to the slain Israelis outside the front door of their former lodging at 31 Connollystraße. On 15 October 1999 (almost a year before the Sydney 2000 Games), a memorial plaque was unveiled in one of the large light towers (Tower 14) outside the Sydney Olympic Stadium."


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