Bob Costas plans on-air moment of silence for Munich victims

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U.S. Olympic tennis star Venus Williams carries the torch on Monday. The flame visited Wimbledon.  JOE GIDDENS/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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U.S. Olympic tennis star Venus Williams carries the torch on Monday. The flame visited Wimbledon.

NEW YORK — NBC Sports anchor Bob Costas says he plans his own on-air commemoration this week of Israelis killed in Munich 40 years ago despite the refusal of Olympic authorities to do so during Friday’s Opening Ceremony for the London Game.

A bid to honor the athletes and coaches killed by Palestinian gunmen during the 1972 games with a moment of silence has gained momentum recently, even drawing President Obama’s support.

Costas, who called the International Olympic Committee’s decision baffling, told the Hollywood Reporter that he intends to note that denial Friday when Israeli athletes enter the Olympic Stadium. Costas has been the lead host of NBC’s Olympics coverage for 20 years.

“Many people find that denial more than puzzling but insensitive,” Costas said. “Here’s a minute of silence right now.”

TORCH RELAY: The Olympic flame has boldly gone to Wimbledon.

Actor Patrick Stewart, best known as Captain Jean-Luc Picard in Star Trek: The Next Generation, took a turn on the torch relay Monday.

Before he did, tennis stars Andy Murray and Venus Williams posed with the flame on Center Court at Wimbledon.

The flame also passed through the set of the long-running British soap opera EastEnders.

The torch relay is on its final leg of a 70-day journey.

IRAN: Chef de mission Bahram Afsharzadeh says his country’s athletes will compete against Israelis at the London Olympics.

Iran has been criticized in the past because some of its athletes withdrew from events against Israelis in 2004 and ’08

Afsharzadeh said, “We will be truthful to sport.”

DIVING: Italian medal hopeful Tania Cagnotto injured herself slightly in a mishap on the diving board in her final training session.

She says she will be fine.

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