POSTED: August 3rd 2016

Olympics: IOC commemorates Munich 1972 victims 44 years after the terrorist attack

German IOC President Thomas Bach leads the commemorative ceremony © Getty Images
German IOC President Thomas Bach leads the commemorative ceremony © Getty Images

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(SFC) The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today inaugurated the Place of Mourning to commemorate the Munich 1972 terrorist massacre at the Rio 2016 Olympic Village. 

Two widows of athletes that were killed in the brutal terrorist attack were in attendance. 

Ilana Romano and Ankie Spitzer were moved to tears as IOC President Thomas Bach led the commemorative ceremony with a number of IOC members present and athletes as well.

President Bach said, "Here in the Olympic Village, in this place rich with meaning for all Olympians, we want to give the athletes and others a dedicated space to express their mourning in a dignified way.

"We have chosen the Olympic Village as the location for the Place of Mourning because it symbolizes the unity of the Olympic family." 

Eleven athletes were killed when Palestinian terrorists from the Black September group stormed the Olympic Village and took a number of the athletes hostage. 

The incident changed Olympic security forever and the world's treasured sporting event quickly turned into a stage for terrorists. 

Rio 2016 has moved in tens of thousands of armed security guards that are very visible around the venues and guarding the athletes to keep the city safe. 

But today was about remembering Munich 1972.

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