There has been increasing pressure on countries and sponsors to not participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games and this month it seemed that the United States also put its weight behind boycott calls. A US State Department spokesperson said that it was “one of the issues that is on the agenda”, although a senior official later said that a boycott has not yet been discussed.
No country has yet officially announced a boycott, nor is it clear that any will, but the US official’s statement spurred a debate on how to approach China and the 2022 games which open on 4 February next year. Human rights groups have called either for a boycott or demanded that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) move the event out of Beijing.
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