25 Jul 2012

IOC cops criticism over Munich tribute

6:19 am on 25 July 2012

Olympic organisers have hit back at criticism of the form of their tribute to the 11 Israeli team members killed at the 1972 Munich Games, ignoring calls to hold a minute's silence for them in the opening ceremony.

The IOC President Jacques Rogge led a surprise tribute in the athletes village yesterday but that low-key event failed to satisfy relatives of the victims or Israeli officials.

But the London Organising Committee Chairman Sebastian Coe feels the tribute was appropriate because the Israelis died in the athletes' village in Munich, and he played down calls for the 40th anniversary of the massacre to be marked with a higher profile commemoration.