The big question is this – If the event known as the Munich massacre, which involved the kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes & coaches, along with a German police officer, would have happened to a different nation, without all the political ramifications regarding the impossible web of Middle Eastern relations, would the IOC mention it in its opening ceremony?
If the IOC wasn’t getting enough hard time for still refusing to remember and hold some sort of memorial or mention to the worst moment in the history of the Olympic games, came the article by the German Der Spiegel that pretty much said that the German authorities were told about a planned “incident” but failed to take the appropriate security measures, later neglecting to mention that fact in the official report.
It also took Germany more than 20 years to accept responsibility for the attack and murders. After a long court battle between the victims’ families and the German government, the two sides reached a financial settlement in 2004.
The current villain for those seeking justice and just a mention on the proper stage? Jacques Count Rogge, the current IOC president, since 2001. It doesn’t really help Israel that they have a member on the board, Alex Gilady, who seems like another person more interested in enjoying the benefits that the IOC membership allows him – We must consider what this could do to other members of the delegations that are hostile to Israel.
Eventually, it comes down to the fear of the IOC from offending Arab nations by mentioning the massacre and giving a moment of silence during the opening ceremony. From creating some sort of awkward moments because the political and religious tensions and hate will make the IOC look foolish if some of the nations against remembering the murders of Olympic athletes during the Olympic games, regardless of their nationality.
But above everything there’s suppose to be some sort of Olympic spirit, and some sort of sense of justice. It should go beyond politics, and intrigues and nations and wars and hatred. An act of terror that saw 11 people murdered because they belonged to a certain nation under the Olympic flag. If that’s not worth mentioning and remembering every four years, for one short minute during 3 and a half hours or more of celebrating, than the wrong people are in charge of our sports.