ESPN.com requested an interview with International Olympic Committee president Dr. Jacques Rogge to discuss the tragedy at the Munich Olympics. He responded via e-mail with this statement:
"The tragic death of innocent athletes at the Olympic Games in 1972 in Munich in most dramatic circumstances was a direct attack on the most fundamental Olympic values. The memory of the victims of Munich will never be forgotten out of respect for them and as a message for the future.
The members of the Israeli team who died in Munich have been honoured at the Games in 1972 and by the Olympic Movement on various occasions, most recently during the IOC Session in Salt Lake City when I recalled the tragedy in my opening speech. For the Olympic Movement, the main consequences are that:
We will never forget.
We drew the lessons on the security front and put in place drastic measures in the hope to avoid such a tragedy to happen again in the future.
This strengthened the determination of the Olympic Movement to contribute more than ever to building a peaceful and better world by educating youth through sport practised without discrimination of any kind and in the Olympic spirit."
Dr. Jacques Rogge
International Olympic Committee