<rt id="6oue2"><center id="6oue2"></center></rt>
Global EditionASIA 中文雙語Fran?ais
Home / Sports / News

IOC's Pound leads criticism of Washington decision

China Daily | Updated: 2021-12-10 09:52
Share - WeChat
IOC member Dick Pound [Photo/Agencies]

IOC member Dick Pound said Washington's so-called diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics is "unlikely to make much of an impact".

Pound, the former vice-president of the IOC, said he wonders if it can truly be considered a boycott if US officials were not invited in the first place.

"How could you boycott something to which you were not invited?" Pound told American media outlet Politico.

'Politically motivated'

A top-ranking South African official said the so-called diplomatic boycott is motivated by politics.

"It's unfortunate that some countries are speaking of a diplomatic boycott of the Games in China. It has nothing to do with sports, and has everything to do with politics," Anil Sooklal, deputy director-general for Asia and the Middle East at the Department of International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa, told Xinhua.

Sooklal expressed his disappointment over the politicization of sports events, but said it was encouraging that over 15,000 athletes have committed to taking part in the Winter Games. He added he is confident that China will present a spectacular event next year.


Wei Jizhong, the honorary life president of volleyball's global governing body, the FIVB, said the Winter Olympics will help erase misconceptions about China and that the non-attendance of some Western government officials would have no effect on the Games.

Wei said that the US intended to disrupt and undermine the 2022 Games, but added that Washington's actions were self-defeating.

The international sports community has long been dismayed by the politicization of sports as not a single National Olympic Committee (NOC) has voiced support for the US government's decision, said the 85-year-old.

Wei noted that in recent years, some Western politicians and media have maliciously smeared China, misleading many foreign people. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, misunderstandings about China seem to have deepened in some Western countries as international exchanges have been reduced or even suspended.

But, just like the 2008 Summer Olympics, the 2022 Winter Games will allow Westerners to learn about the real China, said Wei. "Seeing is believing," he added. "Foreign athletes will tell their friends and fans what they see in China themselves, and this will help erase some misinterpretations of China."

'Highest-level' Games

Mongolia expects the world is in for a treat when the Winter Olympics opens next February.

"There is no doubt that China will host the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics to the highest level. Our national team is doing its best to succeed at this Olympics," said Erdenesaikhan Bilegt, head of Mongolia's National Team Policy Implementation Department.

"We all see this Olympics in our neighboring country as a great opportunity," said Bilegt, who also criticized the politicization of sports events.

Two Mongolian cross-country skiers have so far qualified for Beijing 2022.

"Mongolia aims to participate in this Winter Olympics with the widest possible number of participants. Our skaters and biathletes are training abroad and participating in competitions to qualify for the Winter Olympics," he said.

Mongolia has been paying more attention to the development of winter sports by building indoor ice arenas and providing opportunities for athletes to train abroad, according to Bilegt.

"Our children and youths are very interested in snowboarding, hockey, skiing and other sports," he added "So, I am confident that winter sports will continue to develop in Mongolia."

USOPC: Boycotts backfire

A diplomatic boycott of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics will not solve any geopolitical issues with China and will only serve to place athletes training for the Games under a "cloud of uncertainty", the head of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee stressed.

In a letter sent to Congress, CEO Sarah Hirshland reiterated the USOPC stance that Olympic boycotts harm athletes and often backfire.

Hirshland offered a history lesson about the US-led boycott of the Moscow Games in 1980 in protest at the Soviet Union's occupation of Afghanistan. That prompted the Soviet Union to respond in kind at the Los Angeles Games four years later. More than 450 US athletes who had qualified for Moscow never had a chance to compete in the Olympics.

"To make matters worse, their sacrifice had arguably no diplomatic benefit,"Hirshland said. "The Soviet Union stayed in Afghanistan for another decade.... Both the 1980 and 1984 Games tainted Olympic history."

She said the new generation of Winter Olympians were working hard to represent the US next year in Beijing, adding:"Please give them that chance."


Most Popular


What's Hot
Copyright 1995 - . All rights reserved. The content (including but not limited to text, photo, multimedia information, etc) published in this site belongs to China Daily Information Co (CDIC). Without written authorization from CDIC, such content shall not be republished or used in any form. Note: Browsers with 1024*768 or higher resolution are suggested for this site.
License for publishing multimedia online 0108263

Registration Number: 130349
做你的猫PR社,网红国产福利电影,美乳高清无码下载,国产原创麻豆剧三区,www啪啪岛国黄色,插痛卡一卡二卡三在线播放,国产闪现福利,91视频高三毕业金橘色,短视频国产91 麻豆女神羞羞研究所| 國産AV 果凍傳媒 空姐喘息| AV醉地| 国产r级福利在线观看| 盗摄独居白领自慰| 韩国主播青草在线观看视频迅雷下载| 足疗极品模特美女BB福利| 图片区综合区偷拍区永久天堂| 日韩精品一卡二卡三卡| 天美传媒精品麻豆| 爱蜜社PR发条红巧克力| 国产二区第三页| 韩国主播画媜视频在线观看| 熟女温泉偷拍网站| 国产明星大秀av福利在线观看不卡| 出轨少妇之董小宛在线观看| 国产农村免费| 韩国主播用门把自慰在线观看| 水电工情难自制 唯唯诺诺水电工遇上强势美少妇| 九九国内偷拍| 亚洲中文自拍另类在线播放| 番茄亚洲 国产 制服 丝袜 字幕| 无圣光无内丝袜自慰| 昭和麻豆国产精品亚洲天堂在线国产| 96av在线免费不卡| 石原莉奈美人妻在线看| av在线麻豆强奸网| 国内精品热线偷拍| swag剧情极品av| 午夜福利小鸟酱vip| 怎么找啪啪片子| pr社麻酥酥哟大尺度| 99视频自拍区| wwwAV.在线.con| 国产麻豆剧果冻传媒一区| 午夜r影院se| 网红主播大秀小鸟酱| 华人 自拍| 国产丽人3p自拍| 国产一区二区孕妇| 海滩十女厕所愉拍精品| http://www.clinic-simi.net http://www.alaws2020.com http://www.silkquillingcolours.com http://www.tastywieners.com http://www.e-jinsung.com http://www.sato-castle.com