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French Olympic Swimmer Commemorates the Munich 11

Another athlete does what the IOC refuses to do

By: David Shear

Published: July 31st, 2012 in News » World

French Olympic Swimmer Commemorates the Munich 11

Jacques Rogge and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) have received plenty of deserved criticism regarding their refusal to permit a minute of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes who were killed in the Munich Olympics in 1972, from Jewish organizations, families on those slain, world leaders, news anchors and commentators, and now the athletes themselves.

On Sunday, 30 members of the Italian Olympic team held their own moment of silence outside the Israeli team’s quarters and now a French swimmer has shown his solidarity.

Fabian Gilot, a member of France’s 4x100-meter freestyle swimming team which won the gold on Sunday, raised his arm in celebration after the win, reveling a tattoo in Hebrew which read אני כלום בלעדיהם, translated it means I am nothing without them.

The tattoo, as explained by Gilot, is a tribute to his grandmother’s Jewish husband, Max Goldschmidt, a Holocaust survivor who has greatly influenced his life.

So let the IOC stand by their deplorable reasoning for refusal. We have the athletes, the pilots, the everyman who know the importance of remembering those who were lost, those who came before them. Bravo to Gilot, the Italian team and all those who have shown solidarity. It’s your voices and action that bring strength to the rest.

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