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The Olympic Committee decided: A tribute to the victims of Munich at the opening ceremony of the Maccabiah Israel today


Representatives of the Olympic Committee in Israel will mark the 50th anniversary of the massacre, and will lead the two survivors - Shlomit Tor Nir and Yehuda Weinstein • Yael Arad: "The connection between the Maccabiah and the murder of Munich is very exciting for us"

The Olympic Committee in Israel, which will lead the Israeli delegation to the Maccabiah Games, will head the delegation of two survivors of the 1972 Munich massacre to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder during the Olympic Games. 

This is Shlomit Tor Nir, a former Israeli swimmer, Israeli champion and Israeli swimming champion, participated in the Mexico Games 1968 and Munich 1972) in the Israeli national team uniform, she has two bronze medals in the Asian Games (1970) and 7 medals from the Maccabiah, 3 of them gold medals), and Yehuda Weinstein, An Israeli fencer, competing in the spear style, represented Israel at the 1972 Munich Olympics in his military service and served as a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force.

The competition season of 2022 will be characterized in cooperation with all the Olympic sports associations, marking the murder of 11 victims of Munich when in September state memorial ceremonies will be held in Germany and Israel in memory of the athletes, coaches and referees murdered in cold blood at the Munich Olympics.

Shlomit Tor Nir.

A former Israeli swimmer,

The Olympic Committee in Israel, in cooperation with the 11th families, will commemorate the memory of the members of the delegation who were murdered with a special logo for the 50th year, the production of a memorial book for the murdered and their families, a commemorative medal and other special ways.

The Israeli delegation to the 21st Maccabiah will number about 1,700 athletes in 40 different sports.

Among the participating disciplines: swimming, Gudu, volleyball, tennis, dominoes, soccer and surfing.

Yael Arad, Chairman of the Olympic Committee: "The Maccabiah is one of the largest multi-industry sporting events in the world, which constitute a sports-Zionist anchor for Jewish communities around the world to foster competitiveness and excellence of Jewish youth on the one hand and an informal encounter with the State of Israel in general.

This is one of the competitions that is an emotional milestone and a sporting experience for every Israeli athlete on their way to an international career.

I experienced the Maccabiah as an 18-year-old young athlete and as the lighter of the 14th Maccabiah torch, and the connection between this significant event and the murder of Munich is very exciting for us. "

Yehuda Weinstein.

Lace-style lace, photo: private album

Gili Lustig, CEO of the Olympic Committee: "We thought that the best way to mark the 50th anniversary of the murder of 11 Munich victims in the 21st Maccabiah events would be in the decision to select swimmer Shlomit Tor-Nir and fencer Yehuda Weinstein who were part of the Israel delegation to the 1972 Munich Olympics. "Of the younger generation that will compete in the Maccabiah with the generation that experienced the terrible tragedy of Munich. We will remember and never forget."

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Source: israelhayom

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