IOC CONTRIBUTING TO MEMORIAL FOR ISRAELIS MURDERED AT MUNICH GAMES

Jun 05, 2014

By Michael Kramer

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It’s a recognition that is long overdue.

The International Olympic Committee is  contributing $250,000 toward a memorial for the victims of the attack on the Israeli team at the 1972 Munich Games.

The IOC funding will go toward a  $2.3 million project to commemorate those who died in the attack.

Germany’s  Olympic Sports Confederation has already pledged $27,000 for the project – with the rest to come from taxpayers.

Construction in Munich should be completed by autumn 2016 and the results of a competition for a memorial will be announced this September.

11 Israeli  athletes and officials died when Palestinian militants attacked the Israeli delegation in the Olympic village – and during a failed rescue attempt by German authorities at an airfield near Munich.

The IOC has been criticized for not holding a minute of silence for the Israeli victims at the opening ceremony of recent games.

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