Munich silence rejected

 

Calls for the victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre to be remembered with a minute's silence at the opening of the London 2012 Games have been rejected.

Ankie Spitzer, the wife of Andre Spitzer, a fencing coach who was one of 11 Israeli athletes and trainers killed in the atrocity, had campaigned for the act of remembrance.

A statement from London 2012 said tributes would be paid to the victims at a separate ceremony at London's Guildhall. This was "the most appropriate way to pay tribute to the athletes", it added.

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