The call by Hong Kong activists in Australia to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from China to a country unharmed by slaughter and human rights abuses has been knocked back by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Australia-Hong Kong Link, a group that supports Hong Kong’s democracy, freedom, rule of law and human rights, told the Epoch Times that the Winter Olympics were an important event for athletes, but China was not the right host. .. Human rights violations of the communist regime and lack of respect for other countries.
“The Olympics should be an event that means and promotes the cohesion of the global community. From the recent attitudes and actions of Beijing, it is clear that these are not the prioritized values,” said Australia-Hong Kong Link. Said a spokeswoman. “To allow Beijing to continue as a host of future games is to tolerate Beijing’s actions by providing both economic benefits and iconic international recognition.”
The group said the IOC should boycott Beijing as the organizer of the Winter Olympics and move the Games to another location not compromised by these issues.
The IOC has raised human rights and other game-related issues with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in China.
In a statement to The Epoch Times, an IOC spokesperson said: We have been assured that the principles of the Olympic Charter will be respected in the context of the Games. Continue to discuss game-related issues with the organizer as part of the game preparation process. “
Quoting from the IOC’s 21-year-old statement on China’s choice to host the 2008 Olympics, an IOC spokesperson said the IOC and the Games must remain neutral on global political issues. It was. The only event where the whole world gathers together to participate in a peaceful competition.
“They are the most powerful symbols of unity in our diversity that the world knows. In our fragile world, the power of sport to bring the whole world together, despite all the existing differences. Gives us all hope for a better future, “says the IOC. “Awarding the Olympic Games to the National Olympic Committee (NOC) does not mean that the IOC agrees to the political structure, social situation, or human rights standards of the country.”
IOC spokespersons uphold human rights set forth in both the basic principles of the Olympic Charter and its code of ethics, and the boycotts of the 1980 Moscow and 1984 Los Angeles Olympics only hurt athletes who were blocked from participating. I said there is.
“These two boycotts have destroyed the dreams and careers of thousands of athletes around the world and deprived them of their rights, but failed to achieve the political objectives the government intended. “The IOC said.
However, Chinese experts have questioned the IOC’s claim of neutrality.
Gordon Chan, author of The Coming Collapse of China, said in a recent interview with the Epoch Times that the IOC banned South Africa from participating in 1964 as a means of symbolizing international disapproval. He said he had previously adopted the Olympic Games because of its aparthate policy at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Government policy meant that only white South African athletes were allowed to represent the country.
Mr Chan said China should be banned as well, as “a significant population of China is not allowed to participate in sports” because it has been persecuted or held in camps.
“We don’t need the 1936 Olympics anymore,” said Chan, referring to when Nazi Germany hosted the Olympics. “We no longer need the 2008 Olympics, which basically promoted totalitarianism with these horrific exhibits. We don’t have to do this again.”
There is increasing international pressure on the IOC from politicians and human rights groups in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada to move the Olympics to another location and boycott events.
Former UN Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, recently Editorial For Fox News: “Ignoring China’s evil behavior is not a way to stop it in the future, much less progress on other important security and economic issues.”
“If the United States boycotts the Winter Olympics, it will send an unmistakable message that China’s tyranny and threats are unacceptable,” Haley said. “It will show that action has consequences.”