Premier Olympic news site, Around the Rings, recently featured the film “Munich 72 & Beyond” in a podcast and article. ATR’s Nicole Bennett interviewed Producer Dr. Steven Ungerleider about the film crew’s trip to Europe for filming. The trip included filming interviews with the family members of the slain Israeli athletes and visiting the site of the memorial’s construction in Munich.
While the Munich Memorial project is well underway with financial backing from the International Olympic Committee and The Foundation for Global Sports Development, the IOC has also begun to explore ways to honor the victims and their families at future Olympic Games.
Excerpt from ATR’s article:
“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.”
Listen to the podcast with ATR’s Nicole Bennett: