On November 29th 2021, President Biden and The White House announced that the US government will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics being held in Beijing, China. This is the first boycott from our government of the Olympics in any students lifetime. There are many different reasons behind the boycott, but they all spotlight the Chinese Government’s dreadful atrocities against different races and cultures. The crimes goes against many different people, but the Uyghur people are the main victims. They are a Turkic group, and are heavily punished for what they believe in because they do not believe in traditional Chinese values. The Uyghur’s are one of many religions that are getting punished; They put Mongols, Muslims, Africans, and Tibetans in re-education camps.
What The U.S Government has decided on is the best decision they could have made, and a small Republican group of representatives are pushing even harder, saying The Olympics in Beijing should be moved entirely to a different country. Republican Senator, Marco Rubio stated, “Honestly, I can’t imagine any other option. I’m not sure how you could possibly send, you know, American government representatives, or [an] American government delegation to attend Olympic Games operating in the shadows of a Uyghur genocide.”
While a majority of both parties support the boycott, some senators are concerned about the consequences of it. Republican Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz said, “I don’t agree with what some people are calling for, which is a boycott of our athletes, which is stopping our athletes from going to the Olympics,” he said Tuesday on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show. “I think that would be a mistake. I understand the sentiment behind it, but it was the same sentiment that led Jimmy Carter to do that in 1980, and I think it didn’t work then. I don’t think it’s fair to punish our athletes. I think there are young men and young women who have spent years, decades practicing and getting ready for the Olympics. And I don’t think it’s fair to make them the victims.”
China’s response to the boycott is understandably an angry one, as foreign minister Zhao Lijian says, “The US should stop politicizing sports, and stop disrupting and undermining the Beijing Winter Olympics, lest it should affect bilateral dialogue and cooperation in important areas and international and regional issues.”
The boycott does not come in full, as we are still sending fit and young athletes to Beijing. Still, a small concern is growing as people start to speculate that our athletes will be harassed if the Boycott continues. The big question in mind of both China and The U.S.A is whether or not other nations will join The U.S’s movement.
The answer is yes, as Canada, The United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand all have agreed to not send any diplomatic figures to Beijing. This will strengthen the power move against China, and lengthen the chain of countries against inhuman crimes of different cultures and people. The best thing to do now is wait to see if China has a more aggressive response.
As more countries join in, They will be overwhelmed and will eventually have to give in, either moving the Olympics or accepting the boycott overall.