Joe Biden considers boycotting Beijing Olympic Games 2022

21:41, 19 November 2021
Joe Biden considers boycotting Beijing Olympic Games 2022 Photo: Doug Mills - Pool via CNP/Consolidated News Photos/Global Look Press

The President has revealed that the US might declare a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming winter Olympics over China’s alleged human rights violations.

President of the US Joe Biden has announced he considered the possibility of holding a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics which will be held in China’s capital in February.

The President explained on Thursday as he held a meeting with recently re-elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that the move can come as a sign of protest against alleged abuse of human rights in the PRC.

Biden appeased the sports community highlighting that the possible boycott concerned only American functionaries and would not affect athletes.

However, republicans urge the President to announce a total boycott including sportsmen.

The initiative represents a protest against reported human rights violations against ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in Northwest China frequently described as “genocide”, as well as the PRC’s crackdown on Taiwan and Hong Kong.

The US like other countries sends to the Olympics top-rank delegations led by notable figures. At the recent Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics, the country was represented by First Lady Jill Biden, while the Second Gentleman Doug Emhoff was appointed chief of the Paralympic delegation.

The announcement comes several days after an online meeting held by Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping. According to the White House, the Games were not on the agenda.