The first Israeli sports team to travel abroad since the Munich Olympics massacre was given a tight security guard by Austrian police on Thursday (14 September) competing in a workers' sports festival at Graz.
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Background: The first Israeli sports team to travel abroad since the Munich Olympics massacre was given a tight security guard by Austrian police on Thursday (14 September) competing in a workers' sports festival at Graz.
Since their arrival in Austria the previous day, the 59 athletes and officials from the Hapoel Sports Federation of the Israeli Trades Union have been under strict surveillance.
Police have been keeping careful watch on all Arab residents in Austria since the killing of II Israeli sportsmen at the Munich Olympics.
SYNOPSIS: Taking no risks after the recent Munich massacre, Austrian security forces were on maximum alert on Thursday when a group of Israeli athletes came to Graz stadium, in southern Austria, to compete in a workers' sports festival. From the time the party arrived in the country the day before they were under strictest possible surveillance.
The fifty-nine competitors and officials were from the Hapoel Sports Federation of the Israeli Trades Union. They were the first sports-people from Israel to travel abroad since the Munich incident.
Heidi Rosenthal, West German long-jump gold medallist at the Munich Olympics, was amongst the competitors at the games...which progressed smoothly under the ever-watchful eyes of the security men.
Austrian police have been keeping a close watch on all Arab residents in the country since the Munich guerrilla raid, in which eleven Israelis died.