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  • Global Sports Foundation Honors 1972 Munich Victims -- ATRadio


    05/28/15

    (ATR) The Foundation for Global Sports Development is honoring 11 Israelis killed in a terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics in its first-ever documentary film.

    View of a memorial stone in Munich that honors the 11 Israeli athletes killed during the 1972 Games (Getty Images)
    Post-production on the documentary short, tentatively titled "Munich 1972 & Beyond," is underway.

    "It's been 43 years since the massacre of 11 Israelis," founding GSD board member Dr. Steven Ungerleider tells Around the Rings.

    "The important thing is it's finally happening.
     
    "As a film crew, we sat in on the interviews, which were very painful at times, but also very uplifting."

    Earlier this year, the IOC Executive Board took steps to address the issue of mourning at the Olympic Games.

    Under measures that will go into effect at the 2016 Rio Olympics, a special area will be set up in the Olympic Village for athletes to mourn the loss of family or friends.

    A moment of reflection will be observed during the closing ceremony for everyone at the Games to remember those they have lost, not necessarily during an Olympics.

    "IOC president Thomas Bach is making sure that people feel empowered, not only with the Munich memorial, but also with a place to mourn in Rio," Ungerleider says.  

    He also gives his take on the recent arrests of 14 FIFA and sports marketing officials.

    "FIFA needs a clean-up," Ungerleider says.

    "The bad guys have to move on and we need a new generation of healthy, honest officials to run FIFA and make sure the cheating is put to rest."



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