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‘US boycott of Beijing Games self-directed political farce’

In this file photo taken on Oct 20, 2021, the
Olympic flame for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games on display in Beijing’s Olympic Tower. (PHOTO / XINHUA)

UNITED NATIONS – The so-called “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics by the United States is a self-directed political farce, said a spokesperson of the Chinese UN mission on Monday.

The United States just wants to politicize sports, create divisions and provoke confrontation

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“Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are a gathering for all winter sports athletes and fans around the world. It is they that should be in the spotlight. The success of the games does not rely on the attendance of a handful of countries’ government officials,” said the unnamed spokesperson in a statement.

“As the host country, China is ready for the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, open to all athletes and guests. As for those who say they don’t want to come, the answer is that whether you come or not, the Beijing Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are there, and will be a success,” said the statement.

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The US government’s decision reflects its Cold War mentality. The United States just wants to politicize sports, create divisions and provoke confrontation. This approach will find no support and is doomed to fail, said the statement.

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