It would be “immoral, unethical, and wrong” for the United States to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics if they are held in Beijing, Rep. Michael Waltz says in a resolution urging the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee to propose the Games be moved to another country and to stage a boycott if the International Olympic Committee doesn’t agree.
“Hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics Games in the PRC, where organized atrocities in the XUAR (Uyghur Autonomous Region) are ongoing; where the freedoms of Hong Kong‘s citizens are being trampled; where the fundamental right to worship is brutally persecuted; and in the wake of the ongoing global devastation from COVID-19; would be immoral, unethical and wrong,” says the Florida Republican’s resolution, introduced on Monday, reports Fox News.
Further, Waltz said in his resolution that the United States can’t, in good conscience, have American athletes competing in an event that is hosted by a ‘brutal dictatorship,” and that if the International Olympic Committee won’t move the games, then the USOPC and those in other countries should pull out.
“Think about what we’ve gone through in the last year as a country — what it is doing to our children, to our elderly, to our families in terms of the coronavirus,” Waltz told Fox News, adding it is “indisputable” the Chinese covered up the dangers of COVID-19.
“So you have that, on top of, what is increasingly coming to light a genocide — forced labor, internment,” Waltz said. “To see the American flag and to see American athletes in Beijing celebrating what is the worst of the worst authoritarian regimes right now — I can’t imagine it.”
He added that authoritarian regimes in the past have been emboldened by hosting the Olympics, and China’s government would be no different.
A coalition of almost 200 human rights groups has also called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, and Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., earlier this month also introduced a Senate resolution calling for the Olympics to be moved.
Waltz added his resolution is focused on the Chinese Communist Party.
“There is no issue with the amazing culture and long history of the Chinese people,” he said. “They are being brutalized by the Chinese government.”
Waltz Resolution Urges Boycott of Beijing Olympic Games – Newsmax