In a letter to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver and Assistant Speaker Rhoda Jacobs (D-Flatbush), along with a bipartisan group of legislators, today called on the organization to reconsider its rejection of an official commemoration of the events at the 1972 Olympics in Munich that left 11 Israeli athletes and coaches dead.
"I firmly believe that the official tribute requested is more than appropriate and legitimate," said Assemblywoman Jacobs. "This should be a message of unity and remembrance, and I passionately join my colleagues in asking the IOC to look favorably upon our request," Jacobs said.
The letter was co-signed by a bipartisan group of legislators including 56 members of the Assembly and 20 Senators.
The 2012 summer Olympic Games will host delegations from around the world and pay tribute to the tenets of sportsmanship, teamwork, community and compassion. Ms. Jacobs believes that commemoration would complement those events and strengthen the bonds that unite us all as citizens of a global community.