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Tonight’s Olympic opening ceremonies are not the proper place to honor the victims of the 1972 munich attacks.



In case you hadn't heard, the Olympics start tonight.  However, for today's post we're going back in time to look at a past Olympic moment that is causing quite a stir.

On September 5th 1972, there was a terrorist attack on the Olympic village in Munich.  The attacks were  coordinated and carried out by a group called Black September and targeted Israeli athletes at the games.

This  marks the 40th anniversary of these terrorist attacks.  As you may have heard, there was a public outcry for the anniversary to be marked at the opening ceremonies of the games.  However, that cry fell upon deaf ears when the International Olympic Committee (IOC) declined to include a moment of silence in the opening ceremonies.

President of the I.O.C. Jaques Rogge was quoted by the New York Times as saying “We feel that the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident.” However, the I.O.C.’s mission statement contains some points that seem to contradict Mr. Rogge’s statement.

Mission and Role of the IOC*

The mission of the IOC is to promote Olympism throughout the world and to lead the  Olympic Movement. The IOC’s role is:

1. to encourage and support the promotion of ethics and good governance in sport as well as education of youth through sport and to dedicate its efforts to ensuring that, in sport, the spirit of fair play prevails and violence is banned;

2. to encourage and support the organisation, development and coordination of sport and sports competitions;

3. to ensure the regular celebration of the Olympic Games;

4. to cooperate with the competent public or private organisations and authorities in the endeavour to place sport at the service of humanity and thereby to promote peace;

5. to take action to strengthen the unity of the Olympic Movement, to protect its independence and to preserve the autonomy of sport;

6. to act against any form of discrimination affecting the Olympic Movement;

7. to encourage and support the promotion of women in sport at all levels and in all structures with a view to implementing the principle of equality of men and women;

8. to lead the fight against doping in sport;

9. to encourage and support measures protecting the health of athletes;15 Olympic Charter In force as from 8 July 2011

10. to oppose any political or commercial abuse of sport and athletes;

11. to encourage and support the efforts of sports organisations and public authorities to provide for the social and professional future of athletes;

12. to encourage and support the development of sport for all;

13. to encourage and support a responsible concern for environmental issues, to promote sustainable development in sport and to require that the Olympic Games are held accordingly;

14. to promote a positive legacy from the Olympic Games to the host cities and host countries;

15. to encourage and support initiatives blending sport with culture and education;

16. to encourage and support the activities of the International Olympic Academy (“IOA”) and other institutions which dedicate themselves to Olympic education.

So we put it to you, the wise reader.  Is Mr. Rogge’s statment that “...the opening ceremony is an atmosphere that is not fit to remember such a tragic incident,” fact or fiction.
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