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Rogge speaks, to some initial murmuring, and then bursts of loud applause.

Jacques Rogge speaks at the opening ceremony. (photo credit: Channel 1 screenshot)
Jacques Rogge speaks at the opening ceremony. (photo credit: Channel 1 screenshot)

If anyone is standing silently in protest at his refusal to honor the Munich 11, the Olympic feed on Israel TV isn’t showing it. Israel’s Sports Minister Limor Livnat had said she would lead a silent standing protest from the VIP area.

Rogge is praising the organizers, the volunteers, the participants. He hails the boost to gender equality in that every major team has female athletes. He hails the great city of London. He hails the spirit of fair play. He hails the talent and dedication of the athletes. He hails the Olympic ideal. He declares that “character counts far more than medals.” He urges the athletes to “remember that you are all role medals. If you do that, you will inspire a generation.”

He does not mention the 11 Israeli Olympians murdered at the Games of 1972.

And the Queen declares the London Games open.

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