Republican Rep. Mike Waltz on Monday introduced a resolution urging the U.S. to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing if they are not moved, saying the U.S. “cannot in good conscience” have American athletes celebrating an event hosted by “a brutal dictatorship” and warning that China’s Communist Party would be “emboldened by the legitimacy conferred by the Olympics.”
The resolution, first obtained by Fox News, urges the United States Olympic Committee to “propose the transfer of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games to a site other than within the People’s Republic of China,” and if rejected by the International Olympics Committee, that the “United States Olympic Committee and the Olympic Committees of other countries should withdraw from the 2022 Olympic Games.”
The resolution alleges “unprecedented steps” by the Chinese Communist Party in the last year to “extend their repressive policies through censorship, intimidation and the detention of individuals and groups for exercising their fundamental human rights, especially in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and Hong Kong;” mass internment camps, forced labor, and efforts to intensify campaigns that bring religion in China “under closer official control,” and to conceal the novel coronavirus.
The resolution states that “the Olympic Games is a celebration of international culture, a festival of humanity and is intended to be independent of political, ideological and diplomatic disagreements.”
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