Is Boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China the Right Thing to Do?

The possibility of China’s rights abuses has moved some parties to conduct the boycott to the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. 

The development of calls for a boycott of Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympics has been more significant from day today. 

The games are 3 months away but we still feel uncertainty of the event’s smoothness and reality because of the pandemic that hasn’t over yet. But the next year is too short to overlook the facts that happen on china’s soil. 

There are around 180 human rights organizations that have been moving against the Communist Party about human rights abuses. 

Teng Biao, the Chinese human rights lawyer stated that the winning bid of Beijing in hosting the upcoming 2022 Olympics has triggered lawyers and activists across China. 

Since then, they silenced journalists, attacked activists, destroyed Christian churches, Tibetan Temples, and Muslim mosques, and more. They keep controlling the media, internet, influencers, and social media. 

There were also reports of the abuses towards Uighur ethnic. Some experts in the US and the rest of the world noticed it as an act of genocide. “Genocide Olympics” is one of the ways the movements call them. 

In the US alone, the Republicans call for the Olympic boycott. According to John Katko, the Rep., the world had watched their next move in against the Genocide Olympics. 

Some folks might be wondering if the Biden administration is rooting for the call. However, State Department spokesman Ned Price told the mass medium that the boycott was something that they wished to discuss. 

But the spokesman might not demonstrate the full direction of the State Department because there was a later clarification about the discussions. The State Department then clarified that no high-level discussions about the calls for boycott available in their agenda. 

The possibility of China’s rights abuses has moved some parties to conduct the boycott to the 2022 Winter Olympics in China.

And then, the next day, the White House press secretary Jen Psaki also stated that they were not discussing their participation in the boycott. 

Meanwhile, the event’s organizers do not take the political side. 

In this case, we can see what the IOC responds to the moves. The IOC has stated that they will remain neutral in the political issues. The reason is sensible. The IOC does not have the capability to make a change in the political system. 

So, how should we take our position in this situation? While the Olympics have always brought up such political fractions, it would be a lie if there is no politics at all in the Olympics.

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