Why countries are Boycotting the Beijing Olympics of 2022 ?
By Jon Pebi Tato
INTERNATIONAL: In the past week various nations have been debating on boycotting the Beijing Olympics of 2022. Countries like the United States, Austria, UK, etc have been boycotting it for the past few months however in India, in a few pockets, the voice against the Beijing Olympics 2022 could be heard as well. Former MP and present MLA Ruksin, Ninong Ering had also voiced against the same despite a majority.
Amidst the boycotts, Russian counterparts expressed a positive reaction towards the Beijing Olympic 2022.
But the baffling question is why the Countries are boycotting the Beijing Olympics of 2022?
The boycott of Beijing Olmycis 2022 is on the pretext of the unsound Diplomatic relations between China & the countries boycotting it. Recently few countries condemned China's aggressive policy towards its citizens, and Congress party leaders in India equally slammed the CCP despite no support from the ruling party.
The Beijing Olympic 2022 shall commence from the 4th of February to the 20th of February 2022.
What is the origin of its Boycott?
The row over the Chinese Tennis Player Peng Shui was brought in, wherein the nations like US, UK Canada, and Austria announced a diplomatic boycott against the Chinese aggressive nature towards its citizen,
The Tennis player was reported to have been sexually assaulted by the Chinese top Communist party, and it created a sense of insecurity among the players, and the sudden disappearance of Peng created a hullaballoo among the diplomats.
The Women’s Tennis Association said last week it was pulling its tournaments out of China because of concern for Peng’s safety.
Why US, UK, CANADA, AUSTRIA are Boycotting the Beijing Olympics 2022?
The United States has made its stand clear by criticizing China's extreme policy towards its citizen. China is facing intense criticism for its human rights record. The aforesaid countries have accused China of committing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region, allegations that China denies. Rights groups have also called attention to Beijing’s repression in Tibet and its crackdown on freedoms in Hong Kong. The disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai from public view in November added to concerns.
The International Olympic Committee has however refrained from such controversies and decided to maintain its position of neutrality.
Meanwhile, Russia has shown a positive reaction to it by openly claiming that the country would attend the Beijing Olympics. The gesture didn't go well along the countries who are boycotting it.
"I would like to point out that we always support each other when it comes to international sports cooperation, including our position against attempts to politicise sports and the Olympic Movement," said Mr Putin in comments carried by state-owned media outlet The Global Times.
What is India's Stand on it?
India on the 30th of November sided with the Russian counterparts which had always remained its good friend, reacting to this CCP stated that "India is not a natural-ally of US ". China has shown a positive gesture towards India, however, in the past few years, India's diplomatic relationship has been much more inclined towards Washington than towards Beijing.
But then in the small pockets of the country, several congress leaders have seen boycotting the Beijing Olympic, The former MP and present MLA of Ruksin Constituency Shri Ninong Ering, took to his Twitter handles wherein he Tweeted, "India Parliament Should discuss the diplomatic boycott of Beiijing 2022 winter Olympics"
The recent months have also seen several protests and demands for #FreeTibet across the country and Ering himself has always advocated against the CCP and its brutal tactics to grab another land.
However, the BJP ruling government has already shown its positive stand towards the Beijing Olympics 2022.
Support from India is a rare show of solidarity for China.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Wenbin claimed the Games were not dependent on the attendance of some politicians. "The Beijing Winter Olympics are a gathering of winter sports lovers and athletes across the world, not a stage for political posturing and manipulation," said Wang at a news conference, according to China Daily.
Jon Pebi Tato, Managing Editor, The SPACE