International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge is holding firm that there will be no moment of silence for the 11 Israeli athletes murdered at the 1972 Munich Games at the Opening Ceremony of the London Olympics, despite pleas from the U.S., Germany and Israel.
Writers from around the Tribune Co.will discuss whether the IOC should mark the 40th anniversary of the tragedy with a moment of silence at the Opening Ceremony. Check back throughout the day for their responses and join the conversation by voting in the poll and leaving a comment of your own.
Barry Stavro, Los Angeles Times
Political events and boycotts are almost as much of an Olympic tradition as the torch is in the Opening Ceremony. Since 1956 various countries have boycotted at least six Games, but their lasting impact was minimal, at least in international diplomatic circles.
Perhaps the most fitting way to honor the slain athletes from the 1972 Games would be for the present day Israeli team to offer a simple gesture: Their own moment of silence at the Opening Ceremony? Wear memorial emblems on their uniforms? Or have relatives of those killed 40 years ago attend the London Games?