IOC rules out public commemoration of 1972 Munich killings

July 22, 2012 02:06

LONDON - The IOC has ruled out marking the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre at the London Olympics opening ceremony but will visit the airfield where some Israeli team members were killed, it said on Saturday.

International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge rejected calls for an official commemoration of the 1972 Munich Games attack during Friday's curtain raiser, a standing request of the families of the 11 Israeli Olympic team members who died.

Rogge said there would be the traditional private commemoration with the Israeli Olympic Committee and the IOC but no minute's silence at the opening of the Games.

"We are going to pay a homage as we have done in the past and will do in the future. That is what we are going to do," Rogge told reporters.

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