Winter Olympics Has Diplomatic Tensions and Covid as Controversies

Winter Olympics Has Diplomatic Tensions and Covid as Controversies

There are only 27 days left until the start of the Winter Olympics, which will be held in Beijing, China, and the days before the disputes contrast with the scenario filled with snow and freezing temperatures. With diplomatic boycotts coming from several countries and an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases, the atmosphere is raising concerns for the organizers of the conflict.

a diplomatic issue

Last Friday (1/7) North Korea issued a letter blaming “enemy forces” and the increase in virus-related cases for not attending the conflict. The letter issued by the state agency KNCA did not specify whether the absence would be North Korea’s diplomatic corps or its team of athletes.

North Korea also condemned the boycott announced by the United States. The Americans will send their athletes to the games, but no diplomatic representatives will be present during the competition. The reason is the human rights violations practiced by the Chinese government.

The Chinese strongly criticized the Americans’ decision, claiming that they do not respect the principle of political neutrality within the sport.

But the US decision was not isolated. Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom have followed suit and have not sent officials to Beijing. However, their teams will continue to fight for medals.

covid factor

Another factor that caused tensions behind the scenes of the Beijing Olympics is specifically related to the new increase in the number of cases of the disease in the country. Late last year, China reimposed lockdowns and disinfection in some cities.

On Monday (3/1), Christophe Dube, Executive Director of the International Olympic Committee, expressed concern that a large number of athletes may be injured during the conflict.

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On the other hand, the organizing committee responded by stressing that the Games will take place as normal. This guarantee was already introduced in November.

The Winter Olympics will be held from February 4-20.

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