Congressmen urge IOC to commemorate Munich victims

July 25, 2012 05:54


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US Representatives Eliot Engel and Nita Lowey, both Democrats from New York, on Tuesday repeated their calls to the International Olympic Committee to commemorate the 1972 Munich attack with a minute of silence during the 2012 London Olympic Games opening ceremonies.

Engel and Lowey have sponsored legislation seeking to achieve this goal.

“With the Olympic Games beginning this week, the IOC has a chance to honor the memories of their fallen heroes and mark the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes and coaches.  This is not a political issue, but a matter of human decency.  The Munich 11 were part of the Olympic family, and IOC’s rejection thus far of a minute of silence is unacceptable.  The list of those who agree that a minute of silence is the right thing to do continues to grow – US President Barack Obama added his voice to the chorus of world leaders who have supported this cause," the congressmen said in a statement.

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