IOC holds surprise Munich massacre commemoration

July 23, 2012 18:11

LONDON - The International Olympic Committee paid a surprise tribute to the 11 Israeli team members who were killed at the 1972 Munich Games on Monday, marking the event for the first time in an Olympic village.

IOC President Jacques Rogge, who on Saturday had ruled out marking the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre at the London Games opening ceremony, said the 11 victims deserved to be remembered.The IOC has never marked the event at any of the previous Games' athletes' villages.

A minute's silence was observed after Rogge's comments.

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