mandag 19. april 2021

Athletes have good reason to beware Xi Jinping’s Beijing Winter Olympics

There are growing calls to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing or to ­relocate the event to a different nation. It isn’t hard to see why, given China’s aggression in the Indo-Pacific region, horrific human-rights abuses and crushing of rule of law in Hong Kong — not to mention the Beijing ­regime’s duplicitous handling of the pandemic.

Yet opponents often shoot back, “Yes, but what about the athletes? Isn’t a boycott unfair to them?”

This is nonsense. If Olympics boss Thomas Bach cared about the athletes, he wouldn’t make them go to Beijing next year. Even beyond the concern, shared by many athletes, of lending their good names to a brutal regime seeking to burnish its bloodied reputation, there are practical reasons why competing in China is a bad idea.

Simply put, the Chinese Communist Party subscribes to a doctrine called “unrestricted warfare” that justifies accomplishing goals by any means, legal or illegal, moral or immoral; athletics is one more battlefield.