24 Jul 2012

IOC holds surprise Munich massacre commemoration

6:06 am on 24 July 2012

The International Olympic Committee has paid a surprise tribute to the 11 Israeli team members who were killed at the 1972 Munich Games, marking the event for the first time in an Olympic village.

IOC President Jacques Rogge, who at the weekend ruled out marking the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre at the London Games opening ceremony, said the 11 victims deserved to be remembered.

A minute's silence was observed after the speech by the IOC president who competed at the yachting regatta at the Munich games.

Among those at the ceremony were Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London Olympic organising committee, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and several IOC officials.