The 2022 Olympics Face a Rocky Reboot with US Boycott

The 2022 Olympics Face a Rocky Reboot with US Boycott

Kerry Hauze and Brandon Trujillo

     Internationally, we as a society celebrate the best of the best in several different sports by watching these athletes compete in the Olympics. During this event, most of the world puts all political indifferences aside to come together through sports. Although, once in a while, issues will cause controversy that may alter the course of this celebration. Currently, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are facing a possible boycott due to political issues. Here’s what you should know. 

     Due to pressure from lawmakers, the Biden administration has announced a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics as a stand against China’s human rights abuses. This decision was made on Monday, December 6th, and it was a bipartisan decision. This boycott is only diplomatic, meaning there will be no US government officials attending but athletes will still compete. 

     This decision has raised a lot of controversy and created a deep debate on whether or not this was a good decision from both countries. Spokesmen from each country have released several statements about this issue and it continues to progress. This is the first boycott since the Cold War to happen in Olympic history. 

     If America goes through with this boycott, it is not unlikely that other countries will join. Countries that you could expect to do this would be Canada, the UK, and Australia. 

     Spokesman Zhao Lijian of China believes that the Olympics is not an event that should involve political show or manipulation. Whilst on the other hand, this boycott has been seen by many Americans as a way to hold China accountable without making any of the athletes who have trained for a very long time feel the consequences. 

     With that said, many people believe that Beijing could care less about a few missing government officials, but no one can tell for sure. President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, is openly against any sort of sports boycott. “A sports boycott serves nothing,…It’s only hurting the athletes and it’s hurting the population of the country because they are losing the joy to share.” he said in a statement last year.