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A Boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics Planned

Boycott 2022 Winter Olympics

The 2022 Winter Olympics are set to take place in Beijing, China, but activist groups are calling for a complete boycott of the event.

There have been recent threats to stage a boycott, but those efforts have since been increased in recent weeks.

An official statement was released on Monday by an activist group asking for more support to put pressure on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the country of China. This group is made up of Hong Kong residents, Tibetans, and Uyghurs.

The main argument for this group is that human rights in minorities are being abused, and nothing is being done by the Chinese government. This group has met with the IOC in recent months, but there have been no changes made to the original plans.

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The 2022 Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4, just months after the Summer Olympics wrap up. The IOC has not ever had to deal with this quick of a turnaround, and this has already added extra pressure on the group.

There was a push to simply have these games removed from China by the activist group, but those cries were ignored by both the IOC and the Chinese Government. Now the demand is for athletes and other countries to boycott the games altogether, which would cause a massive blow to the Chinese financial situation.

The IOC has always maintained a neutral position when it comes to political issues, and the games have been held in locations with political unrest in the past. Awarding the host city for any Olympics is a long process, and Beijing was viewed as the best option in 2022.

Athletes from around the world will be put in a difficult position on whether or not they choose to compete in these games. At this time, the United States Olympic Committee still plans on sending athletes to China, and most other countries have stated the same.

Summer Olympics Still Taking Place

This new pressure on the IOC comes at a time when that group is already being questioned about its intent to host the Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Japan just recently increased emergency measures in the country in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19.

The Tokyo government has still given the go-ahead to host the games, and final preparations in Japan are taking place, along with the running of the Olympic torch. Several stops on the journey have been canceled due to health concerns, but there has not been any talk of canceling the games.

International Olympic qualifying continues to take place throughout the world, with over 70% of participants in place to participate. COVID-19 restrictions will be in place to protect the safety of both athletes and residents of Japan.

Less than 2% of the Japanese population has been vaccinated against the virus, and the Nation of Japan continues to struggle to find ways to roll out more vaccines. Activists continue to call for the games to be canceled, but the IOC has no plans to alter the schedule or cancel the games for good.

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