IOC to study Schmitt plagiarism case
Olympic officials will examine the plagiarism case that led Pal
Schmitt to resign as Hungary’s president and consider whether the
longtime IOC member should be disciplined.
Schmitt quit as president Monday because of a scandal involving
a doctoral dissertation he wrote 20 years ago about the modern
Olympics. Last week, his 1992 doctorate was revoked after a
university committee found most of his thesis had been copied from
the work of two other authors.
Schmitt, who has been an International Olympic Committee member
since 1983, could face an ethics inquiry by the IOC and possible
”The IOC will ask to receive the reports related to this case,
study them and then consider whether any action needs to be
taken,” the committee said in a statement.
Schmitt, who won team fencing gold medals at the 1968 and 1972
Olympics, ran unsuccessfully for IOC president in 2001. He finished
fourth in the election won by Jacques Rogge.
Schmitt served on the policymaking IOC executive board from
1991-99 and was a vice president from 1995-99. He is current
chairman of the IOC’s sport and environment commission, a post he
has held since 1995. Schmitt also previously served as president of
national Olympic committee and the World Olympians Association.
The case could wind up before the IOC ethics commission, which
would make recommendations to the executive board. Ethics sanctions
can include a warning, a suspension or expulsion.
In December, the IOC’s longest serving member —
95-year-old Joao Havelange of Brazil — resigned before facing
suspension in a decade-old kickback case dating to his days as
president of FIFA. Two senior IOC African members received a
warning and a reprimand.
Former US Olympic Committee president Sandra Baldwin stepped
down as an IOC member in 2002 after admitting she lied about her
academic credentials. Four IOC members resigned in 1999 after being
implicated in the Salt Lake City bid scandal. Six others were