IOC Vice President: human rights in China not a concern before the 2022 Games
Posted On October 14, 2021
International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates said challenging China over its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “not our business. competence”.
ThroughThe Associated Press
14 October 2021, 09:01
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CANBERRA, Australia – International Olympic Committee Vice President John Coates has said that challenging China over its human rights record as Beijing prepares to host the 2022 Winter Games is “no our spring “.
There has been widespread criticism of Beijing’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang, which rights groups say amounts to genocide, as well as its crackdown on protesters in Hong Kong and its policies towards Tibet and Taiwan.
Coates, who is also president of the Australian Olympic Committee, said that while human rights were an important part of the core principles of the Olympics, the IOC should respect the sovereignty of the host nation.
“The IOC’s mission is to ensure that there are no human rights violations with regard to the conduct of the Games within the National Olympic Committee or within the Olympic movement,” said Coates at the National Press Club in Australia’s capital, Canberra, Wednesday. “We don’t have the capacity to go to a country and tell them what to do.”
Coates said the IOC was “not a world government”.
“We must respect the sovereignty of the countries that host the Games,” Coates said. “The job the IOC does is to protect the Olympians and those who participate in the (Games) Olympics – it is in our mandate”
The Beijing Winter Games are scheduled to take place from February 4 to 20, with the Paralympic Games scheduled to follow from March 4 to 13. The Chinese capital hosted the Summer Olympics in 2008.
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