3 March 2015
Mourning place to be erected in Rio Olympic Village to commemorate the victims of the Olympic Munich Massacre
According to Insidethegames website, a special place for athletes to mourn victims of the Olympic Munich Massacre will be set up in the Olympic Village at Rio 2016. At the inauguration of the mourning place next year, Thomas Bach promised the IOC will “remember all those who have lost their lives at the Olympic Games,” including the Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili, who was killed in a training accident on the eve of Vancouver 2010.
“We want to give the athletes the opportunity to express their mourning, – said Thomas Bach. – At the Closing Ceremony, the Games come to an end and many people feel that it is a moment to remember people who have died at the Olympic Games.”
At the 1972 Olympic Games a total of 11 Israeli Olympic team members were taken hostage during the Olympics in Munich and eventually killed, along with a German police officer. The Games were suspended for a day and then carried on.
In the year of the London Games, on the 40th anniversary of the Massacre, there were calls for it to be acknowledged during the Opening and Closing Ceremonies.
At the 2012 Games, then IOC President Jacques Rogge led a minute of silence during a ceremony which promoted the Olympic Truce, marking the first time ever that the the Olympic Movement honoured the Israeli victims in a ceremony inside an Olympic Village.
It followed a long campaign led by Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano, widows of two of the murdered athletes.
The campaign was supported by leading politicians across the world, including those in Canada, Great Britain, Germany, Italy, Austia and the United States.