/ 18 November 2021

Beijing Winter Games trickier than a mogul run…

Image source: Getty
Image source: Getty

If you’ve got an Olympic-sized hole in your life after the thrill of the Tokyo Summer Games, you don’t have long to wait… The Beijing Winter Games start on 4 February – but there are calls for a boycott over China’s human rights record. The hot button issue is the treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region, where China says work camps are for “reeducation” while critics say they are for “brainwashing/ethnic cleansing”. The naysayers also reckon the Chinese Government will use the Games to “hide their abuses and to imply that the world approves”. That’s something weighing on the Biden administration, and there are reports that it could announce a “diplomatic boycott” that will see athletes compete, but American officials would not attend. Last week, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said there are “active conversations” about how to handle it. Watch this space…

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