China accuses Olympic boycott of “politicizing sports”

Beijing (AP) — China will “politicize sports” on Thursday after British lawmakers urged a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, unless China permits investigations into human rights abuse complaints in the northwest. Criticized what was called.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said the boycott “will not succeed.”

The British Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee has called on the government to urge British companies to boycott the Beijing Olympics scheduled for February. The complaint puts pressure on China’s ruling Communist Party over reports of mass detention and other abuses of ethnic minorities, mostly in the northwestern part of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

“China is firmly opposed to the politicization of sports and interference with the domestic affairs of other countries, using human rights issues as an excuse,” Wang said. Political motivation has been hit by strong opposition from all sectors of the international community. “

China, which refuses to file charges of abuse in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, has denied the UN free access to the area to investigate allegations.

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