In less than a year, the 2022 Winter Olympics will begin in Beijing, China. As the world emerges from the global war against a virus and responses to it that cost lives, jobs, and livelihoods, the time is ripe for athletes to come together to celebrate human achievement, perseverance, and grit.
The Olympic Charter outlines the Fundamental Principles of Olympism. The first principle clearly states the objective of the games: “Olympism seeks to create a way of life-based on the joy of effort, the educational value of a good example, social responsibility, and respect for universal fundamental ethical principles,” Gingrinch wrote.
HUNAN RIGHTS ABUSES
“The Chinese Communist Party is an insult to this mission. So these games must not be hosted in China for the benefit of its communist dictatorship. The CCP lied about, covered up, and silenced doctors and journalists about the emergence of COVID-19. It was the CCP’s deceit, self-interest, and irresponsibility that caused the virus to be unleashed on the world.
Moreover, the CCP has imprisoned up to 1.8 million Uighurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in internment camps in Xinjiang. These detainees are subject to slave labor, political indoctrination, rape, torture, forced sterilization, forced abortion, and involuntary birth control.”
Other groups join Gingrich in calling for the world games to be moved.
USA Today reported:
“The Biden administration is under escalating pressure to push for a U.S. boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics, scheduled for Beijing next February, over China’s rampant human rights abuses.
Human rights groups and some Republicans in Congress say a U.S.-led boycott would send a forceful signal to China, as well as other authoritarian countries, about America’s commitment to democratic freedoms and President Joe Biden’s willingness to confront Beijing over what his own advisers have called “genocide.”
Others say the U.S. should not boycott the Olympics but want Biden to use America’s clout to prod the International Olympic Committee to move the Games from China to another host country.
Either move would be fraught with controversy, mixing sports and geopolitics at a time when U.S.-China tensions are already high. Other countries, including Canada and Australia, are in the midst of a heated debate over whether to endorse a boycott.
Any decisions about a U.S. boycott would ultimately rest with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, which has so far declined to publicly entertain the idea.”
— Rep. Mike Waltz (@michaelgwaltz) March 8, 2021