- China Opposes Politicization of Sports Amid Reports of Possible Boycott of Olympic Games
China Opposes Politicization Of Sports Amid Reports Of Possible Boycott Of Olympic Games
Zeeshan Mehtab Published November 22, 2021 | 06:40 PM
China is protesting the politicization of sports amid reports of a possible boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games by several countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday
BEIJING (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 22nd November, 2021) China is protesting the politicization of sports amid reports of a possible boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games by several countries, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday.
On Thursday, US President Joe Biden said that his administration is considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing over alleged human rights violations in China. On Saturday, the Times newspaper reported that British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is also considering the possibility of refraining from sending officials to the Winter Olympics.
He stressed that such speculations harm the interests of athletes around the world.
Calls to boycott the event have been made for several months. In February, a coalition of 180 human rights groups sent an open letter urging foreign governments to boycott the Olympic Games in Beijing due to alleged violations of the rights of ethnic minorities in China.
In March, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the European Union imposed sanctions on four Chinese officials and one entity for alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.