China and IOC attempted to stop any attempts at discussing the cultural or political issues surrounding host nation before Sunday’s closing of the Winter Olympics. However, they couldn’t avoid all the questions and faced many more at their final press conference.
But the conference seemed to have been set up long before its actual start. IOC Spokesperson Mark Adams allowed Beijing 2022 Spokesperson Yan Jiarong to deflect from having to answer questions about the Uyghur genocide, women’s doubles tennis star Peng Shuai, of Taiwan’s reported attempt to skip attending the opening ceremony.
According to the Associated Press, Yan claimed that China didn’t try to politicize games and did not attempt to answer the question directly.
“What I want to say is that there is only one China in the world,” organizing committee spokeswoman Yan Jiarong said, calling it “a solemn position” for China. She referred to other assertions about China’s treatment of Uyghurs and living conditions in the northwestern region of Xinjiang as “based on lies.’ … “We are always against the idea of politicizing the Olympic Games,” she added.
That’s a load of nonsense.
China wouldn’t have done such a shameful act at any sporting occasion in recent history if it were really against politicizing Games.
China sent two Uyghur Olympic athletes to light up the Olympic torch. This was the closing ceremony. China has chosen to wipe out these same people, but the Chinese government is able to make them do their duty as if nothing had ever happened.
And they also lie about having ever committed genocide. This is a terrible thing! We need to be able to be fearless and push back on the dictatorial government, holding them responsible for all the wrongs that they have done.
This is something we cannot afford to ignore.