The US is calling for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics
Biden administration launches idea to protest boycott of Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics persecution of the Uighurs In Xinjiang province of China.
U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the action is one of the options being explored as the Biden administration discusses its views on China and the Beijing Olympics with allies.
Asked at a press conference whether the joint boycott was being discussed in the US, Price said: “It’s definitely something we want to discuss… A coordinated approach will be not only in our interest, but also in the interest of our allies and partners. .
An official of a U.S. ally said President Joe Biden’s team had raised the idea more than once in the first talks on the Beijing Olympics, discussing how to deal with China.
But he stressed that it is not a question of how the allies will treat the event or whether it is a boycott of government delegations or a specific speech or high-level speech that has prevented athletes from participating in the games.
China has received growing criticism of the situation in Xinjiang, which has arrested more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims in labor camps. The Biden administration formally named China’s policy in Xinjiang last week. “genocide”In the annual report by the state department on human rights.
After his remarks, Price wrote on Twitter that “we have no predictions about the Beijing Olympics” and that the event was “a distant way.” A State Department official discussed the idea that Price had suggested the U.S. discuss the boycott. “We have not discussed a joint boycott with allies and partners and we are not discussing it,” the official said.
The Olympics have been the subject of controversy as the U.S. and its allies take a tougher view of Xinjiang. The U.S. last month coordinated a move with the EU, the UK and Canada to impose sanctions on Chinese officials who are pursuing a policy towards Xinjiang. creating revenge from Beijing.
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Commission (USOPC) said Monday it was opposed to the boycott. “They have been shown to negatively affect athletes while not effectively addressing global issues,” he said. “We believe that a more effective way of action is for world governments and China to take direct action on human rights and geopolitical issues.”
The last US boycott was the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan. The USOPC made the decision after pressure from the US Congress. The last US diplomatic boycott took place in 2014, when President Barack Obama did not send an official delegation to the Russian Sochi Olympics.
The USOPC said Sarah Hirshland, its chief executive, had spoken to the Biden administration about the state of preparations for the Tokyo Olympics this summer, but it was unclear whether they had discussed the Beijing Games. The International Olympic Committee, which governs both games, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Games to this summer means that preparations for the two events are taking place together. The Beijing Olympics are scheduled to open in February 2022.
Sports governing bodies have been forced to adapt to the coronavirus pandemic as they prepare for the two Olympics, in some cases delaying or rescheduling qualifying events.
In the U.S., when one of the largest teams is regularly sent to the summer and winter games, many sports determine their representation through team trials, such as swimming and athletics. Restrictions on international travel have made it difficult for athletes in certain sports, such as figure skating, to compete in global competitions in Beijing.