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Widows of Slain Munich Olympians Take Matters into Their Own Hands

Women asking attendees to observe a moment of silence for Munich 11

By: Jordan Shani

Published: July 25th, 2012 in News » World

Widows of Slain Munich Olympians Take Matters into Their Own Hands

Despite the fact – or probably due to the fact – that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) continues to say “no” to the idea of an official commemoration ceremony during this Friday’s opening of the London Olympics, widows of some of the athletes, coaches and referees who made up the “Munich 11”, all killed for no other reason that they were Israeli during the 1972 Munich Olympics, are taking matters into their own hands.

The women are planning to implore those in attendance at the opening ceremonies in London to stand and observe a moment of silence for their slain husbands and their teammates.

“He told us that when he heard the explosions in the Olympic village, he debated whether to continue in the Games or go home, and decided not to let terror win," Ilana Romano, wife of Yossef Romano, a weightlifter killed in the 1972 Games, told reporters assembled at a recent news conference. "Jacques Rogge, you have let terror win today.”

Rogge is the president of the IOC which maintains the position that the opening ceremonies of the London Games is not the proper venue for such an event.

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