- Jul 31, 2003
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That may not strike you as a big deal, but imagine if it were the U.S. Imagine if almost half the 1972 team had been taken hostage and murdered, and the IOC refused to properly honor the American dead.All that Israel’s supporters wanted were 60 seconds out of a three-and-half hour show.
What would be the harm?
The IOC could actually have lived up to its high-minded ideals. But a moment of silence would have been heard around the oil-rich Persian Gulf, where people routinely deny Munich ever happened.
It’s not cheap trotting around the globe and hobnobbing with aristocrats. So principles be damned if they threaten the IOC’s true calling, which is to take care of the IOC.
Rogge would rather keep the sheiks happy and disappoint people like Ilana Romano. Her husband, Yossef, was one of the 11 Israelis killed in Munich.
She’s been trying to pressure the IOC into reconsidering its stance. So have elected officials from Europe and Canada and the U.S.
It’s all fallen on deaf, oil-loving ears.