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China calls US boycott ‘serious distortion of Olympic Charter spirit’



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Updated:
07 Dec. 2021 13:38 IST

Beijing [China]Dec. 7 (ANI): After the US announced to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China denounced the Biden administration for the decision, calling it a “pretentious act” that will lead to “political manipulation” and serious disruption of the spirit of the Olympic Charter.
“Such a pretentious act is merely a political manipulation and a serious distortion of the spirit of the Olympic Charter,” Chinese embassy US spokesman Liu Pengyu said in a statement to Sputnik news agency.
The spokesman also said that “the Biden administration’s decision to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing is a political manipulation that will not affect the success of the event”.
“No one would care whether these people come or not, and it will not affect the successful 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing,” Liu said.

“No invitations have been made to US politicians, so this ‘diplomatic boycott’ just came out of nowhere,” Liu said.
In a symbolic protest against China’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” the Biden administration has decided not to send an official US delegation to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Monday.
American athletes will still compete in the Olympics, but the government will not send government officials to the games. The same policy applies to the Beijing Paralympic Games, CNN reported.
According to CNN, the move marks an escalation of US pressure on China over allegations of forced labor and human rights abuses in China’s western region of Xinjiang, particularly against the Uyghur population and other ethnic and religious minority groups.
The US generally sends a delegation to the Olympics. Notably, during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, First Lady Jill Biden led the US diplomatic delegation. (ANI)