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Olympic Committee's handling of Peng Shuai's disappearance shows why a boycott of Beijing 2022 is necessary

Washington Examiner logo Washington Examiner 11/22/2021 Zachary Faria
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It has been clear for months that a full-on boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics is in order. That International Olympic Committee’s willful participation in China’s "disappearing" of tennis player Peng Shuai should be the final straw.

The IOC was always going to go along with whatever China did. The organization quickly retreats to claiming it’s apolitical when talk of boycotting China comes up, even while the body punishes other countries for political reasons (even preventing Taiwan from using its own name, flag, and national anthem in IOC competition).

And so, when Peng accused a former vice premier of sexual assault, she vanished. While the Women’s Tennis Association took up the cause, the IOC sat silently. Then, China released an email, ostensibly from Peng, that was obviously coerced. You would have to be an apologist for China or incredibly gullible to think that was proof Peng was OK.

So what was the IOC’s response? “We have seen the latest reports and are encouraged by assurances that she is safe,” read an IOC statement.

Naturally, when Chinese mouthpieces then began posting videos of Peng carrying out everyday activities to show that she is OK, the IOC volunteered to contribute. IOC President Thomas Bach was the useful idiot, as the IOC informed the world that Peng wanted privacy in her 30-minute hostage call with the organization. Meanwhile, the WTA has been unable to reach her.

Boycotting the 2022 Olympics was never just about China. As I have written and as the Washington Examiner has editorialized, punishing the IOC was just as important a part of a boycott, if not more so. The organization gave China hosting duties for major events in 2008 and 2014, and 2022 won’t be the last China receives unless the world shows the IOC that it is unacceptable for it to coddle and propagandize on behalf of a genocidal regime.

The United States has the facilities and has had the time to set up its own alternative to Beijing’s games next year. There is no moral justification for the U.S. contributing to China's and the IOC’s pockets by taking part in the 2022 games, especially as American and global weakness on this issue has clearly emboldened China to become more brazen in its abuses. Any country that sends its athletes to Beijing for the Olympics is only going to make things worse, as the rotten core of the IOC will only fall further into China’s back pocket.


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Tags: Beltway Confidential, Opinion, China, Olympics, Beijing, Tennis, Sports

Original Author: Zachary Faria

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