The United States is considering boycotting the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. This is the news that emerged on Tuesday evening. “A decision has not yet been made, but the boycott is something we certainly want to discuss,” said State Department spokesman Ned Price, underlining: “A coordinated approach would not only be in our interest but also in that of our allies. and partner “. Only later did Price clarify with a tweet: «As I said, we have no announcement to make about the Beijing Olympics. 2022 is still far away, but we will continue to consult closely with our allies and partners to define our common concerns and establish our common approach to the Chinese Communist Party ”.
A decision that would therefore be in line with what is the strategy outlined by President Joe Biden, which aims to raise a “western wall” against the Dragon State. In the last few hours, in fact, several groups of activists and republican politicians have intensified their requests for a boycott. Among the reasons for the clash in recent weeks there is in particular the question of human rights, which according to Washington would be violated by Beijing to Hong Kong and Xinjiang with what the administration has defined in no uncertain terms the genocide of the Uighur population Activists also contacted national Olympic committees, athletes and sponsors after failing to persuade the Swiss-based International Olympic Committee to move the Games away from China.
“The politicization of international sport goes against the Olympic spirit and harms the interests of athletes from all countries,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian reacted, commenting on the words expressed a few weeks ago by White House spokesman Jen Psaki who had for the first time stirred the specter of a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. The same spokesman had finally defined “the so-called genocide” of the Uighurs in Xinjiang “nothing but the lie of the century”. For its part, Beijing denounces the alleged boycott and rejects any accusation of genocide against the Uighurs, presenting the alleged internment camps as “vocational training centers”.
Today the American Olympic and Paralympic Committee reiterated their opposition to this hypothesis: “The boycotts have shown to have negative consequences on athletes, while not responding satisfactorily to international problems – explained Susanne Lyons, President of the American Olympic Committee – For our athletes, the only dream is to represent the United States of America ». The United States would not be new to this decision: it had already led a boycott in 1980 at the Moscow Olympics, after the USSR invaded Afghanistan in 1979. The Soviet bloc responded four years later with a boycott of the Los Angeles Olympics.