Mitt Romney also suggested that American viewers refrain from traveling to the competition.
The United States should send its Olympic team to the Winter Games in Beijing in February 2022, but at the same time arrange a political and economic boycott of China. This opinion was expressed on Monday by a Republican senator (from Utah), Mitt Romney, in The New York Times column.
According to the congressman, it is wrong to “punish” athletes who have been preparing for the Olympics for many years. However, he believes that Washington should not ignore human rights violations in China, including against the Uighurs. To put pressure on Beijing, Romney continued, the US federal authorities should send Chinese dissidents who have found refuge in the United States to the opening ceremony, not representatives of the administration and diplomats.
The senator also suggests that American viewers refrain from traveling to the competition. Only relatives and closest friends should accompany the athletes, according to Romney. Romney suggested that NBC, which will broadcast the Olympics in the United States, not show “chauvinistic” fragments of the opening and closing ceremonies, replacing them with documentary footage of “political persecution” in China.
Calls to boycott the Winter Games, which China is due to host next year, have previously been voiced by politicians from Canada, Norway, the United States, and representatives of almost 200 human rights organizations from around the world. The reason was attributed to Beijing’s massive repression of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China. The US National Olympic Committee opposed the boycott.
The XXIV Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing from February 4 to 20, 2022. The capital of the People’s Republic of China was chosen as the venue for the International Olympic Committee session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015.