Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd July 2012.

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To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they support the suggestion by Ankie Spitzer, the widow of the athlete Andrei Spitzer who was murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympic Games, that a minute's silence should be held at this year's London Olympic Games to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the killings.

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The decision as to whether a minute's silence is held during the Games lies with the International Olympic Committee (IOC). At every Games since 1972, the Israeli National Olympic Committee (NOC) traditionally hosts a reception in memory of the victims of this tragic event and the IOC is always strongly represented. For the London 2012 Games, tributes will be paid to the victims at a ceremony being held at the Guildhall-a joint initiative between the Israeli Embassy, Israeli National Olympic Committee (NOC) and Jewish Community.

Along with the Israeli NOC, the London 2012 Organising Committee (LOCOG) will pay tribute during the ceremony where the IOC president (who competed in Munich) will make a speech and pay his respects. The ceremony will also be attended by the Rt. Hon Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, and John

Penrose MP, Minister for Tourism. We believe this is the most appropriate way to pay tribute to the athletes during the Games in London.

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