Vienna citizens say no to 2028 bid

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Following the Swiss citizens of St. Moritz shooting down the idea of bidding on the 2022 Olympics, Vienna, Austria rejected the idea of bidding for the 2028 Games in a referendum Tuesday.

Voters still have a week to submit their ballots, but unlike the Swiss vote, which was vetoed by only a slim margin, Vienna’s referendum was a large failure among the population, as 72 percent opposed the idea of hosting the Olympics.

“Apparently most people are not convinced that the city would benefit in the long term from investing in the Games,” Mayor Michael Haeupl said.

It seems silly to shoot down the idea this early, since there are still about six years until they’d really need to declare their intentions to bid, but apparently the citizens are pretty serious about the financial obligations the Games bring. Austria has never hosted a Summer Olympics, after coming in third to Tokyo for the 1964 Games, but hosted the Winter Games in Innsbruck in 1964 and 1976.

Munich 1972 Olympic attack victims’ families detail massacre in documentary

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Family members of the Munich 1972 Olympic attack victims “described the extent of the cruelty” in interviews for “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” an upcoming documentary on the massacre, according to The New York Times.

Eleven Israeli athletes and officials were killed after being taken hostage by a Palestinian group in the athletes’ village nearly 40 years ago, with nine dying in a failed rescue attempt.

In 1992, widows of two of the victims learned details of how the athletes and officials were treated — including via graphic photographs — and recently spoke publicly about it, according to the newspaper.

“What they did is that they cut off his genitals through his underwear and abused him,” Ilana Romano said through a translator of husband Yossef Romano, an Olympic weightlifter, according to the newspaper. “Can you imagine the nine others sitting around tied up? They watched this.”

The documentary “Munich 1972 & Beyond,” announced earlier this year, is set to be released in early 2016. Here’s an interview with one of the film’s producers.

In 2014, it was announced that a $2.3 million memorial in Munich was planned to remember the victims, with the International Olympic Committee contributing $250,000.

At Rio 2016, a moment of remembrance will be held during the Closing Ceremony and a special mourning area will be in the Olympic village to honor those who have died during an Olympic Games.

PHOTOS: Munich 1972 Olympic sites, including massacre site

Youth Olympic flame lit in Athens ahead of Lillehammer 2016

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The torch relay for the second Youth Winter Olympics — in Lillehammer, Norway, from Feb. 12-21 — began with a ceremonial flame lighting at Panathenaic Stadium in Athens on Tuesday.

The stadium hosted the first modern Olympics in 1896.

The flame will travel across all 19 Norwegian provinces before the Feb. 12 Opening Ceremony at the 1994 Winter Olympic host city. The first Youth Winter Olympics were in Innsbruck, Austria, in 2012.

The Rio 2016 Olympic torch relay will begin with its ceremonial flame lighting at the ancient Olympic site of Olympia in Greece on April 21.

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