Senate ResolutionNo. 88

Introduced by Senator Moorlach

August 26, 2016

Senate Resolution No. 88—Relative to the International Olympic Commission.

P1    1WHEREAS, Dating back to 776 B.C., with a modern revival in
21896 A.D., the Olympic Games has long had a tradition of
3competition, honor, and integrity that magnifies the ultimate in
4human ideals and physical achievement; and

5WHEREAS, The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is
6the chief governing body that invites athletes from hundreds of
7countries to participate in a quadrennial event in the summer and
8winter, with 207 countries participating in the most recent Olympic
9Games in Rio de Janeiro; and

10WHEREAS, The IOC is charged with awarding thousands of
11medals--gold, silver, and bronze--for hundreds of events, as well
12as recognizing Olympic and world records set by competitors. To
13date, 18,554 medals have been awarded by the IOC; and

14WHEREAS, As a regulatory body, the IOC has established rules
15and standards for competitors to adhere to, including policies
16prohibiting cheating and the taking of performance-enhancing
17substances; and

18WHEREAS, Throughout its history, the IOC has reprimanded
19participants who were found to be competing with the assistance
20of performance-enhancing substances by stripping titles and medals
21and properly recognizing their competitors who played by the
22rules; and

23WHEREAS, An especially egregious example occurred during
24the 1976 Olympic Games, for which records recovered after the
25fall of the Berlin Wall show that the East German women’s swim
P2    1team was involved in a state-sponsored scheme for the use of
2performance-enhancing substances, violating the integrity of the
3competition and the rules of the IOC; and

4WHEREAS, Because of the use by the East German female
5swimmers of performance-enhancing substances, United States
6swimmer Shirley Babashoff and other female swimmers from the
7United States and other countries competing in those Games were
8unfairly denied their medals and legitimate places in the record
9books; and

10WHEREAS, Forty years have passed since that scandal, and
11another, successful Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro has now
12concluded; now, therefore, be it

13Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, That the Senate
14urges the International Olympic Committee to address this issue
15and recognize the competitors who played by the rules in the 1976
16Olympic Games with their rightful medals and places in the record
17books; and be it further

18Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of
19this resolution to the author for appropriate distribution.