Australian officials may boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

16:17, 25 November 2021
Australian officials may boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

Australia is considering the possibility not to send its officials to the Beijing Winter Olympics, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

"A decision on (Australia's) representation at the Beijing Winter Olympics is yet to be made," a spokesperson for Sports Minister Richard Colbeck said.

However, the members of Australia's ruling Liberal-National Coalition and the opposition Labor Party are calling for a diplomatic boycott of the Games. The diplomatic boycott of the Olympics assumes that no officials will attend the games but athletes can participate.

Earlier, The Washington Post reported that neither Biden nor other US administration officials were expected to attend the Games in Beijing. According to the newspaper, Biden is concerned about "the actions of the PRC in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Hong Kong, as well as the violation of human rights in China in general."

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also does not exclude the possibility of a diplomatic boycott of the Games in protest against the violation of human rights by the Chinese authorities, the Times wrote.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian criticized the idea of ​​boycotting the Olympics last week.

"The 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing are a playground for athletes around the world who are the real and central players in the upcoming Games," the spokesman said.

On November 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin was invited to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, a Russian spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.

The Beijing Olympics will be held between February 4 and 20, while the Paralympic Winter Games will be held on March 4-13.