Rogge holds minute’s silence for Munich victims

With four days to go until London 2012 begins,Olympics chief Jacques Rogge held a minute's silence.

Written by Agencies | London | Published: July 24, 2012 10:24:04 am

With four days to go until London 2012 begins,Olympics chief Jacques Rogge held a minute’s silence on Monday to mark the 40th anniversary of the deadly attacks on Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Games.

Rogge,who had ruled out holding a minute’s silence at Friday’s opening ceremony,staged the commemoration for the 11 victims killed by Palestinian extremists as he toured the Athletes’ Village.

“I want to pay homage to the 11 Israeli athletes who shared the idea of the Olympic truce,who believed that the Olympic Village was a place which brought people together,” said the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

“These 11 athletes came to Munich in this spirit. They shared this vision.”

Rogge paused in front of the Olympic Truce Wall sculpture which stands at the entrance to the sprawling village complex which will be home to 10,500 competitors and officials.

He said earlier he was “very,very confident” at the security in place for the London Games,despite the government being forced to draft in 3,500 troops just days ago after a private security firm said it could not supply enough guards.

Clearly the Games organisers and the government “ wanted to communicate when all the corrective measures were in place and were operational”,Rogge said.

“I think that is a good strategy… They have found a solution. We are happy with it and we are very confident that security will be very,very good.

“I believe,frankly speaking,in this debate we have to move on”

The London Olympics are guarded by Britain’s biggest peacetime security operation and Prime Minister David Cameron chaired a meeting Monday of the government’s Cobra emergency

response committee.

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