With just 27 days to go before the start of the Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, the days leading up to the controversy have been marked by snow and low temperatures. With diplomatic boycotts from many countries and an increase in the number of Govt-19 cases, the organizers of the controversy are in a state of panic.
Last Friday (7/1), North Korea issued a letter blaming “hostile forces” and the increase in cases related to the virus for not participating in the controversy. The letter, issued by the state agency KNCA, did not specify whether it was the North Korean embassy or its team of athletes.
North Korea has also condemned the US boycott. The Americans would send their athletes to the Games, but there would be no embassy representatives during the tournament. This is because of the human rights violations committed by the Chinese government.
The Chinese were highly critical of the Americans’ decision, saying they did not respect the policy of political neutrality within the game.
However, the US decision was not isolated. Canada, Australia and the United Kingdom followed the US example and did not send officers to Beijing. However, their teams will continue to fight for medals.
Another factor that has caused tensions behind the scenes of the Beijing Games is related to the new increase in the number of infections in the country. Late last year, China re-established locking and disinfection procedures in some cities.
On Monday (3/1), Christoph Dubey, executive director of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), expressed concern about the possibility of a large number of athletes being polluted during the controversy.
The organizing committee, on the other hand, countered by reinforcing that the games would take place normally. This guarantee was already given in November.
The Winter Olympics will be held from February 4 to 20.
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