IOC donates $250,000 to Munich Olympic massacre memorial

IOC donates $250,000 to Munich Olympic massacre memorial

Thursday, June 5, 2014 1:20 pm

Lagos – The International Olympics Committee (IOC) has donated 250,000 dollars to the Munich Massacre Memorial to commemorate the 11 Israeli athletes and officials killed by terrorists during the 1972 Olympics in Munich.

According to a report in a Munich-based newspaper, Suddeutsche Zeitung, the IOC plans to contribute the money toward the memorial worth 2.3 million dollars.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the terrorists attacked the Israeli team camped at Munich’s Connolystrasse in the Olympic Games Village.

The 2.3 million dollars memorial for victims of the 1972 Munich Massacre will join a more modest one already organised on Connolystrasse where the incident took place.

The terrorist group, known as Black September, had during the incident shot two Israeli team members and took nine others as hostages.

The group demanded for the release of more than hundred Palestinians in Israeli jail and of two the high-profile members of the German Red Army faction terror group.

A failed rescue attempt the day after the hostages were taken led to the death of the nine hostages and a German police officer along with five of the eight terrorists.

NAN reports that IOC came under criticism after the London 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremony when it failed to hold a minute’s silence to mark the 40th anniversary of the massacre.

The memorial is due to be in the centre of a site to be built between the Olympic Village and the Olympic Stadium in Munich.

According to the newspaper, the German government has also pledged 476,000 dollars worth of the projected, with further donations from Bavaria, Munich, and the German Olympic Sports Confederation.

The details of the victims’ lives are said to be the main theme of the memorial site, which is due to open in 2016.

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