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      IOC Quashes Hopes for Moment of Silence for Munich Victims

      International Olympic Committee clarifies that "the opening ceremony in London will not include any element of commemoration."
      By Elad Benari, Canada
      First Publish: 7/6/2012, 10:04 PM

      London prepares for the Olympics
      London prepares for the Olympics
      Reuters

      Despite earlier hopes that the Israeli athletes who were brutally murdered at the Munich 1972 Games will be remembered in a moment of silence during the opening ceremony of this summer’s games in London, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dismissed that possibility on Friday.

      Earlier reports indicated that the chairman of the London Organizing Committee for the 2012 Olympic Games, Lord Coe, said that he will hold a “personal” moment for the Israeli athletes at the opening ceremony, but it was unclear how he intends to do so.

      A campaign led by Jewish leaders worldwide and Ankie Spitzer, widow of murdered Israeli coach Andrei Spitzer, has applied pressure on the International Olympic Committee to hold one minute of silence during this year’s opening ceremony to officially pay tribute to the victims of the brutal attack.

      However, a statement sent to Channel 2 News by the IOC on Friday said in no uncertain terms that “What Lord Coe had said in a private meeting held yesterday caused confusion. As for the tragedy that occurred 40 years ago, Coe said that incident will not be remembered with a moment of silence but on an individual basis for each of the victims. The opening ceremony in London will not include any element of commemoration.”

      A ceremony in memory of the murdered athletes will be held at City Hall, the IOC told Channel 2, adding that this is “the most appropriate way to honor the memory of the fallen during the games in London.”

      (Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)