EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Shaul Ladany survived a concentration camp as a youngster, and returned to Germany as a racewalker for the 1972 Olympics. Now 84, he spoke to the AP in Israel.
The 1972 Munich Olympics were marked by historic achievements and unprecedented controversy but will be forever defined by devastating catastrophe. In hosting the 1972 Munich Games, West Germany was eager to erase the stain of the 1936 Games in Berlin that came to symbolize a paragon of Nazi propaganda. Munich introduced the first-ever Olympic mascot, the dachshund “Waldi,” and its official motto, “the cheerful Games,” looked to project that feel-good spirit.
Japanese trampolinist bounces back Tetsuya Sotomura was pushing to qualify Courtesy: Tetsuya Sotomura for the final spot at Tokyo’s Olympics but his dreams were shattered when the games were postponed (SOUNDBITE) (English) 35-YEAR-OLD FORMER JAPANESE OLYMPIC TRAMPOLINIST, TETSUYA SOTOMURA, SAYING: "Yes, the news of the postponement was very shocking. I wanted to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 but the Games moved to one year later. This means it is like retirement, it is almost the same meaning." The 35-year-old said it would be his last event as his body could not handle another year of training He says he’s not bitter about missing the games and is instead focusing on new projects like opening his own trampoline center