Jun 05, 2014
By Michael Kramer
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.