IOC chief sorry for not honoring 1972 Olympic attack victims

The top of the Worldwide Olympic Committee apologized Wednesday for the group’s longtime failure to commemorate 11 Israeli athletes killed by Palestinian militants on the 1972 Munich Olympics.

Thomas Bach spoke at a ceremony in Tel Aviv marking the fiftieth anniversary of the lethal assault on the Munich Olympics, two weeks after Germany’s president apologized at a memorial ceremony in Germany for his nation’s failures earlier than, throughout, and after the assault. On Sept. 5, 1972, the Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation on the Munich Olympic Video games, killing 11 Israelis and a police officer. Israeli President Isaac Herzog mentioned the athletes had been “brutally murdered in chilly blood by a Palestinian terrorist group only for being Jews, simply because they had been Israelis.”

“This was the second that the Olympic torch was snuffed out, and the five-ringed flag was stained with blood,” he mentioned. Bach mentioned the assault in Munich was one among “the darkest days in Olympic historical past” and an assault on the Olympic Video games and its values. “All the things that the Olympic Video games stand for was shattered 50 years in the past with the horrific assault on the Israeli Olympic crew.” He apologized for the various years it took the Worldwide Olympic Committee to commemorate the Israeli victims “in a dignified manner.”

A second of silence was held on the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Video games final 12 months — the primary time the Olympic Video games’ organizers marked the killing of the Israeli athletes in almost half a century. “For this ache, and for this anguish, that we prompted, I’m really sorry,” Bach mentioned.

Final month the German authorities reached an settlement to supply the households of the Munich victims a complete of 28 million euros (or $27.6 million) in compensation after the households had threatened to boycott this 12 months’s memorial ceremony.

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