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Olympic committee says no to GOP athlete boycott demands: ‘No diplomatic benefit’



Olympic committee says no to GOP athlete boycott demands: ‘No diplomatic benefit’

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FIRST ON FOX The Olympic committeeOn Friday, the company made clear its position. GOPAn example of a athlete boycottIn the Beijing Winter Olympics, it will tell lawmakers that it has made “historical” contributions to “no diplomatic benefit.”

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained a letter from Susanne Lyons (chair of the U.S. OlympicThe US Olympic Committee’s board of directors explained why the ban would not serve any purpose. toAthletes can be hurt 

“An athlete boycottYou can find the OlympicParalympic Games are not the solution toShe wrote that she was opposed to the USOPC’s opposition to geopolitical or human rights issues. “The USOPC has been opposed,” she wrote. to athleteThey have been shown to be a reason for boycotts toWhile athletes are negatively affected, global issues cannot be effectively addressed.”

TOKYO JAPAN, JULY 23: Susanne Lyns, Chair, Board of Directors of the United States OlympicDuring the USOPC Leadership Conference.
(Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images


Lyons pointed toPrevious athleteBoth the Soviet Union as well as the U.S. were banned in the 1980s during the Cold War. She stated that they proved ineffective.

The United States led a multi-nation alliance in 1980. boycottand prohibited its athletes from participating in the Moscow Summer Olympic Games in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

The largest gathering of its kind was attended by 65 countries Olympic boycott to date.

“As a result, 461 American athletes – the balance of them teenagers and college students representing almost every U.S. state – qualified toOnly Moscow: toLyons stated, “Many never had the chance taken away from them.” Lyons stated, “Many never had this chance.” toCompete at the OlympicAgain, games 

“To make matters worse was their sacrifice had arguably no diplomaticBenefit: The Soviet Union stayed on in Afghanistan for another ten years,” she said. 

The Lyon’s letter was in response to GOP Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Tennessee, and Tom Cotton, Arkansas, both called for an athleteProtest against human rights violations in China, Beijing Winter Olympics will be banned 

CLARKSVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 1: (L-R) U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) record a campaign message.

CLARKSVILLE, TN – NOVEMBER 1. (L-R). U.S. Rep. Marsha BLACKBU (R–TN), Republican candidate at the U.S. Senate. Sen. Tom Cotton (R–AR) record a campaign messaging.
(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images).

Lawmakers argued that the ban would show the U.S. doesn’t take lightly genocide against Uyghurs living in Xinjiang as well as other abuses in Tibet, Hong Kong, and other parts China. 

“The Department of State Annual Report on Human Rights Practices identified an egregious increase in human rights violations around the 2008 OlympicGames”, the senators argued with a November Letter. 

According to the State Department, abuses such as “forced relocations linked” were triggered by 2008 Summer Games in China. to OlympicInfrastructure construction,” House arrests of political enemies, increased civilian surveillance, and forcible social and political “guardrails” at schools and universities. 

The USOPC chair however argued that the Games could raise awareness about an issue.

She pointed instead toAnother moment in history was when a sporting event occurred to garner positive attention surrounding a geopolitical issue and has become one of “the most celebrated moments in our nation’s sporting history.”


FILE PHOTO: The Chinese and Olympic flags flutter at the headquarters of the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing, China November 12, 2021. 

FILE PHOTO – The Chinese and OlympicFlags fly at the Beijing Organising Committee’s headquarters for the 2022 Beijing Olympic Games OlympicParalympic Winter Games Beijing, China, November 12, 2021 
(REUTERS/Thomas Suen/File Photo)

The 1980 Winter was tense and the U.S. hockey team beat the Soviet Union. OlympicMatches made just months ago toThe summer athlete boycott, when they hit the ice in New York in what would become one of the great upsets in sporting history – known as the “Miracle on Ice.”

“That American victory and that competition inspired our nation, and it stood as testament.” toLyons stated that democracy and freedom are the best forms of power. 

However, senators also claimed that athleteSafety is still a risk, especially following the November disappearance Peng Shaui’s Chinese tennis star. She accused a government official with sexually assaulting Peng Shaui.

One month later, she was seen again in a video debunking her claims. 

Lyons claimed that the USPOC is responsible for ensuring that all citizens are aware of their rights. athleteSafety is being taken seriously by the organization, which stated it will be working closely with U.S. agencies. toAmerican athletes. However, lawmakers remain skeptical.


“The U.S. Olympic Committee’s dismissal of our concerns is a tacit endorsement of communist China’s behavior,” Blackburn told Fox News. “We have noOur athletes will be safe at 2022 Beijing Olympics. noReason toThey believe that the Chinese Communist Party won’t leverage their position toArmorize the new digital currency and the national security laws toU.S. athletes should be your goal athletes.”

Sixteen of them were included. Olympic athleteSince the U.S. joined the international games in 1896, there have been boycotts.