21 January 2020 - 24 Tevet 5780 - כ"ד טבת ה' אלפים תש"פ
Remembering Munich 1972: Ceremony to be held during the 2020 Olympic Games E-mail

The Olympic Committee of Israel has announced plans to conduct a ceremony in Tokyo during the 2020 Olympics in honour of the 11 Israelis killed during the 1972 Munich Olympics.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach is expected to attend the event on 2 August 2020, along with representatives from the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the central government, the Japanese Olympic Committee, and spouses of the 11 victims. At the ceremony, 11 candles will be lit and prayers will be offered.

Memorial services for the Munich victims have been held during the Summer Olympics since the 2000 Sydney games. “The goal is to ensure this kind of terrorist act does not occur again. This is a reminder, something we must not forget,” said Gilad Lustig, Executive Director of the Olympic Committee of Israel.

Invitations are to be sent to national Olympic committees attending the Tokyo Games.

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