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IOC plans mourning place for victims at Olympics from 2016 onwards

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Lausanne, Switzerland (dpa) - A place of mourning is to be part of the athletes village from next year‘s Rio de Janeiro Olympics onwards to give athletes and officials a chance to remember those who died in or before Olympic games.

IOC president Thomas Bach said Monday that the place is not only for the victims of the attack by Palestine extremists on the Israel team at the 1972 Munich Games but also for the likes of Georgian luge slider Nodar Kumaritashvili who died in a training crash at the Vancouver 2010 Games.

"Likely a stone from ancient Olympia will be placed in the Olympic village in a dignified environment. This place will allow athletes to mourn all those who have passed away during or just before Olympics," Bach said.

Bach said there will be a formal inauguration of the site where "of course the 11 athletes and one policemen who died in the worst moment of Olympic history will be remembered. But also the others will be remembered.

The IOC has been attacked in the past over not allowing a minute‘s silence for the Munich attack victims.

Bach also said Monday that the IOC also plans "a moment of remembrance" at closing ceremonies from Rio onwards, "where everyone can remember those who passed away and were close to the individual."

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