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11.03.2021 – 11:49

Update: 18:07

President Susan Lyons: China’s human rights violation must be addressed through government channels

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) has reiterated its strong opposition to a boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in response to calls for American athletes not to participate in the event after violations of US rights. A man committed by China. “Although we do not want to downplay what is happening in China in terms of human rights, we do not want to boycott the athletes,” said Susan Lyons, president of USOPC. According to the director, boycotts are useless and unfairly punish athletes who prepared for the games, as evidenced by the case of Moscow 1980 … “We believe that these boycotts have not been effective in the past, especially in 1980. The missing are only athletes who prepare for their lives to have the opportunity. To represent their country. Among other things, Susan Lyons, a member of the Marketing Committee of the International Olympic Committee (CIO), added, we believe it is an issue that needs to be dealt with at the government level with China.

The 2022 Winter Games will start on February 4, just six months after the Tokyo Summer Games, which have been postponed from 2020 to 2021 due to the pandemic. China is under global criticism on a number of issues related to respect for human rights, especially the mass arrests of Uighur residents in Xinjiang, as well as, of course, the issue of the illegal occupation of Tibet, which lasted ten years.

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According to the United States, the persecution of the Uyghurs amounts to genocide, as some parliamentarians submitted a resolution in the Senate in early February asking the International Olympic Committee to withdraw the organization of the Games from China, due to “flagrant violations of human rights.” Rights. ”A similar appeal was launched in Canada by some thirty parliamentarians and associations.

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