Article - 1976 Montreal Olimpic Games
The 20th Olympic Games held in Munich in 1972 culminated in tragedy for Israel. Eleven athletes, trainers and judges paid with their lives for their belief in the purity of the ideal of human brotherhood and for their cherished hope that sport had the power, if only temporarily, to dispel political differences, and for their faith that in our age too, the ancient custom of "Pax Olympus" could be revived. With the opening of the 21st Olympic Games, we paid tribute to their memory. The 21st Games of the revived series opened in Montreal in July, 1976.
At Munich, Israel was represented in a number of branches of sport, and the best achievement was that of Esther Shahamorov Roth in the 100 meters, when a mere two-thousandths of a second kept her out of the finals, while in the 100 meters hurdles, she qualified for the semi-finals but did not take part, as the Israeli contingent was in mourning for its eleven murdered athletes.
In 1976, Israel athletes once again proudly carried the national flag into the Olympic arena - this time on Canadian soil.
The three stamps depict the high jump, swimming and gymnastics.