Unprecedented Memorial Ceremony for 1972 Israeli Olympic Team
A year late due to, and in the shadow of COVID-19, the opening ceremony of the 2020 Olympic Games was held on Friday in Tokyo, the capital of Japan. The 32nd Olympics were supposed to take place in the summer of 2020 but were postponed after the outbreak of the virus. The games in Japan will be held without an audience and will end on August 8
The International Olympic Committee, which for years has vehemently opposed any memorial service in memory of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Munich Olympics in Germany, arguing that politics should not be involved in sports, has for the first time ever approved a moment of silence in the athletes' memory.
After each previous Olympics, the Israeli delegation has held a memorial service at the Israeli ambassador's house in the country where the Olympic Games are held and not in the Olympic Village, due to opposition from the Olympic Committee. This time, the massacre by Arab terrorists was mentioned in the official opening ceremony. The Israeli delegation was in tears at the news that the International Olympic Committee would allow a ceremony in memory of the martyrs. (INN / VFI News)
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