Terrorism in the Olympics Essay

1133 Words Sep 26th, 1999 5 Pages
Terrorism and Security in the Olympics

Security is a fundamental notion in sports. Nowadays athletes are viewed often through the media, therefore they are recognizable. In the Olympics security measures must be taken to protect the athletes. There are many different nationalities involved therefore security has to be taken in order to ensure that there aren't conflicting views that could possibly be damaging towards another team. But quite often it cannot be prevented.

On the morning of September 5, 1972, the members of the Israeli delegation awoke in their quarters in the Olympic village to the desperate cries of wrestling referee Joseph Gottfreund. Eight Arab commandos (from the Palestinian terrorist organization Black
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The nine Israeli sportsmen were led out handcuffed to each other to two helicopters, which were to fly them to the airport. This was the only opportunity the West Germans had to prevent the Arabs from leaving the country. As the first group of Arabs and hostages walked to the jet, shots rang out. No one is certain who opened fire first (be it the West German Sharpshooters or the Arab commandos). However when the West Germans began firing, or firing back, that was the beginning of the shooting of the Israeli hostages. The second commando group had barely left their helicopter. One commando fired into the helicopter, another threw a grenade into it, killing the second group of hostages. In the end all nine Israeli hostages had been killed, five Arab commandos had been killed, and three had been wounded.

The remaining Israeli team decided to leave the Olympic games but the Committee did not cancel the games following the murders. The games were put back on after only a twenty four-hour break period. This left the world shocked and offended. Israel's call to halt the Games was left unnoticed, for no other Olympic team joined them in their boycott. However five other athletes, non-Jewish, left the Games for reasons of conscience. Germany's hopes for peaceful games, devoid of politics died too. But the Olympic spirit was too strong to snuff out.

Twenty five years later a bombing occurs at Centennial Olympic

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