Political events and boycotts are almost as much of an Olympic tradition as the torch is in the Opening Ceremony. Since 1956 various countries have boycotted at least six Games, but their lasting impact was minimal, at least in international diplomatic circles.
Perhaps the most fitting way to honor the slain athletes from the 1972 Games would be for the present day Israeli team to offer a simple gesture: Their own moment of silence at the Opening Ceremony? Wear memorial emblems on their uniforms? Or have relatives of those killed 40 years attend the London Games?
And then, let's lace them up, get to the starting line — and begin.
To pretend that the Olympic Games are non-political is disingenuous and cowardly. Yet Jacques Rogge, the IOC president, uses that excuse when explaining why one minute of Friday's opening ceremony can't be set aside to remember the 1972 tragedy.