Rogge rejects tribute to the Munich attack

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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) held this Saturday, the voice of its president, Jacques Rogge, the opposition to the idea of marking the 40th. Anniversary of the bombing Munique1972 at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games Londdres2012.

"We believe that we can pay tribute to the athletes in a different context. The opening ceremonies are not suitable occasions to celebrate that," Rogge said at a press conference after the meeting of the executive committee of the IOC, in the British capital.

The Belgian leader said he understood the position of some countries, notably the United States, who were in favor of a symbolic act, such as observing a minute`s silence during the opening ceremony next Friday, July 27, do not feel forced to follow them. Rogge said the IOC will be represented in the ceremony organized by the allusive Israeli Olympic Committee, during the London Games, and to be held in Munich on September 5, 40 years after the death of 11 Israeli athletes, the a German police and five Palestinian members of a command that has invaded the Olympic Village.

"That is where we pay tribute to the athletes," he said. On the verge of its last Olympics as IOC president, before handing over the post in September 2013, Jacques Rogge warned that any refusal of an athlete competing in addressing an Israelite in Londres2012 will be analyzed to see whether it is justified, particularly for health reasons, or have political motivations. If this is the case, the athlete will be punished, "he threatened.

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