New Zealand Commonwealth Team supported by Munich survivors

October 3, 2010 Agencies
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Members of the 1972 Israeli Munich Olympics have praised the New Zealand team for participating in the Delhi Commonwealth Games.

Shaul Ladany and Dan Alon are two of the survivors of the terrorist attack on the Israeli team at the ill-fated Olympics  as a result of which eleven of Israel’s finest athletes lost their lives.

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Ladany told media that his advice would be to never pull out in the face of terrorism.

Alerts are in place about potential attacks against “foreign teams and officials” following leaked police documents in the Indian capital.

Ladany, a champion walker, is quoted in the New Zealand Sunday News saying: “What is the purpose of terrorism? First, that it should hurt you. Sport is our way of life. I don’t believe any society in the world should let terrorism disturb how it lives”.

Fencer Dan Alon questions why the Olympics had been targeted. He told The Sunday News: “The Olympics Games were always a symbol of peace.”

Holocaust survivor Ladany said that the Munich massacre “is deeply rooted in the memory of mankind”.

The 192-strong Kiwi team is being accompanied by seven New Zealand policemen.


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