For the first time ever: The opening ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics held today (Friday) included a minute of silence in memory of the brutal massacre at the 1972 Munich Olympics, in which 11 members of the Israeli delegation were murdered. This is the first time the tragic event has been addressed at the official opening event of the Olympics.

The Israeli delegation to Tokyo was moved to tears by the gesture that came after many years on the part of the Olympic Committee.

The chairman of the Israel Olympic Committee, Yigal Carmi, said excitedly: “The International Olympic Committee responded to the request of the families of the martyrs and the State of Israel and boldly mentioned the memory of the 11 Munich martyrs at tonight’s opening ceremony. “We prayed for it all these years. We thought, we hoped, but until it happened here tonight, we did not believe it would happen.“

Carmi added: “The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, promised the 11th Munich Martyrs and the Israel Olympic Committee that at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics the Olympic movement will be commemorated with the memory of the 11th Munich Martyrs, for the first time in 49 years, he promised, and we kept his promise. Grateful”.

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