What happened at the Olympics in Munich in 1972
Summer Olympic Games in 1972 were held in the German city of Munich - the capital of Bavaria, in southern Germany. In the six years that have passed since the choice of this city of the Olympics venue, Games organizers did a great job.
The accomplishment of Munich invested huge funds to build a subway, a lot of new hotels, renovated the central part of the city. huge Olympic stadium for 80 thousand seats with the original roof was erected, resembling a spider's web, as well as a number of other sports facilities, in which the participants had to compete games. And all of these facilities have been equipped with the most modern at the time of technical devices. The opening ceremony of the Olympic Games on August 26th. The competition was attended by 7170 athletes who competed for 195 sets of medals. USSR team performed brilliantly, winning the most gold medals - 50. The United States team took the second place, they turned 33. Unfortunately, this turned out to be a wonderful sporting event overshadowed by tragedy. At dawn on September 5, Palestinian terrorists penetrated into the Olympic Village, killed two members of the Israeli sports delegation and took hostage nine more. The terrorists demanded the release of several hundred prisoners, and later put forward an additional requirement - to provide them with plane to Cairo, as well as the possibility to freely reach the airport together with the hostages. As a result, hastily planned and professionally inadequate rescue operation, killing all nine hostages, five terrorists and one policeman. Three terrorists managed to capture alive. Before members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) got a very serious question: how to respond to this outrageous incident, whether to continue playing or to complete them? In addition, many athletes, including the surviving members of the Israeli team, announced his departure from Munich. After a difficult discussion and a one-day break, the IOC decided to continue the Olympics. The competition ended 10 September. This tragedy led to the fact that in subsequent Olympics greatly increased security measures, especially in the territory of the Olympic villages. Also, many countries have set up special anti-terrorist units.