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Full Boycott Pushed for Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics | Bloomberg - May 17, 2021 |

Groups alleging human-rights abuses against minorities in China are calling for a full-blown boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, a move likely to ratchet up pressure on the International Olympic Committee, athletes, sponsors and sports federations.

A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement calling for the boycott, eschewing lesser measures that had been floated like "diplomatic boycotts" and further negotiations with the IOC or China.

"The time for talking with the IOC is over," Lhadon Tethong of the Tibet Action Institute said in an exclusive interview with The Associated Press. "This cannot be games as usual or business as usual; not for the IOC and not for the international community."

The Beijing Games are set to open on Feb. 4, 2022, just six months after the postponed Summer Olympics in Tokyo are to end.

The push for a boycott comes a day before a joint hearing in the U.S. Congress focusing on the Beijing Olympics and China's human-rights record, and just days after the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee said boycotts are ineffective and only hurt athletes.

"People have worked to engage with the IOC in good faith to have them understand the issues directly from the mouths of those most impacted -- the Uyghurs at the top of that list and the Tibetans and others," Tethong said. "It's clear the IOC is completely uninterested in what the real impacts on the ground for people are."

The IOC has repeatedly said it must be "neutral" and stay out of politics. The Switzerland-based body is essentially a sports business, deriving about 75% of its income from selling broadcast rights, and 18% more from sponsors. It also has observer status at the United Nations.

USA in policy of harsh economic sanctions, thus a boycott involving human rights abuse will always prevail ... except in the case of our allies of course! Every Arab state in the Middle East, Iran, Syria, Lebanon. Egypt, Turkey, Azerbaijan and most former Eastern European nations including Russia abuse human rights. None are as perfects as we are. ☹ Most likely the US citizens behind the protests have no idea of global geography and where these countries are located, nor their history. Just following  frenzy on social media and media propaganda.

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by Oui (Oui) on Thu Jun 10th, 2021 at 06:43:38 PM EST
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