Olympic Athletes Warned of CCP Punishment-the IOC Won’t Help Them

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Rule 50 of the IOC charter forbids “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” at Olympic venues. Yang said Tuesday that “speech” could be subject to punishment and cited Chinese law, which is far more restrictive than many countries’.

A member of China’s Olympics organizing committee warned that foreign athletes may face punishment for speech that violates Chinese law at the 2022 Winter Games, The Washington Post reports.

“Any expression that is in line with the Olympic spirit I’m sure will be protected,” Yang Shu, deputy director general of international relations for the Beijing Organizing Committee, said in a news conference Tuesday. “Any behavior or speech that is against the Olympic spirit, especially against the Chinese laws and regulations, are also subject to certain punishment.”

THE IOC DOES NOT HAVE THEIR BACKS

In broad strokes, China’s stance falls in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) established rule against political protest at the Games. The IOC also announced before last year’s Summer Games in Tokyo that athletes who staged protests there would be punished, ignoring U.S. calls to allow respectful protest for human rights issues.

In other words, as CBS NY local said this morning, the IOC WILL NOT have their backs.

Beijing’s warning came amid discussion in the West over expected political restrictions and surveillance at the Games, which will take place next month. Speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch on Tuesday said they were advising athletes against criticizing China’s human rights record while in Beijing for their own safety, according to Reuters.

Don’t Bring Your Phone

The US Olympic & Paralympic Committee has reportedly encouraged Team USA to use disposable phones in a bid to avoid coming home with surveillance malware on their regular phones, according to the Wall Street Journal.

In addition, Olympic committees or associations in countries including Canada, the UK, and the Netherlands have also given similar advice, and in some cases issued temporary devices to their athletes.

To me, there should have been a more equitable agreement before anyone in the West agreed to hold the Olympics in Beijing. While the CCP should not have to put up with radical protests, people should be allowed to speak their minds within reason. The CCP is enslaving people and committing genocide. Why did we even agree to hold the Olympics there, of all nations? This will be lucrative for the CCP and give great PR. It normalizes a violent communist nation.


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V Hilts
V Hilts
5 months ago

Even the local coupon flyer has the Beijing (CCP) Olympics on the cover, ripped up and thrown away.
Communist gulag? We don’t need no stinking communist gulag.

GuvGeek
GuvGeek
5 months ago

What was the Olympic Committee thinking having the games in China?

Dee Dee
Dee Dee
5 months ago

The U.S. made a meaningless and perfunctory gesture with its “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Olympics. Getting cheap goods made by slave labor in a country with horrific human rights violations is more important than standing up for our sacred values. Just try marching for social justice in China and see what that gets you!

Bob MacGuffie
Bob MacGuffie
5 months ago

I am a huge Olympics fan since the ’60s – have watched most coverage of every Olympics since. I will NOT watch a minute of the upcoming Beijing games. Please do not watch: the CCP does not deserve the respect and NBC does not deserve the revenue. The U.S. should not be dignifying the games and NBC should fail for covering these games. We have the power to inflict a huge financial hurt on a subversive media company.