WASHINGTON -- A congressional committee Thursday called on the International Olympic Committee to hold a minute of silence at the London Games to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the victims of the 1972 Munich massacre.
A resolution sent to the House on a unanimous vote of its Foreign Affairs Committee calls on the IOC to hold a minute of silence to honor the 11 Israeli athletes and officials and the German police officer killed at the 1972 Summer Games. The moment would be observed at the 2012 Summer Games and at every Olympics opening ceremony thereafter.
The London Games will mark "four decades since this act of terror took place without an appropriate remembrance at the Olympic Games,’’ says the resolution.
The IOC has resisted holding a moment of silence, and Committee Chairwoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.) has assailed that resistance.
She and the panel’s ranking member, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), recently wrote IOC President Jacques Rogge: "Is one minute too much for the IOC to spend in remembrance of the 11 innocent lives brutally cut short at the 1972 Games?’’