Lawmakers in two of the world's most influential democratic governments have proposed a boycott of the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympics if the International Olympic Committee does not move the games from Beijing, China.
Politicians from the United States and Great Britain have both called on the IOC to move the games scheduled to begin February 4, 2022, out of China given the activity of the Chinese Communist Party.
"The Chinese Communist Party has carried out a number of heinous acts in the last year alone that should disqualify them from hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics," said Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) who introduced a resolution Monday calling for the ultimatum. "The world cannot legitimize the CCP's acts of genocide in Xinjiang, destruction of the democratic rights of Hong Kong, and dangerous suppression of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan that cost lives by sending delegations to Beijing."
In his resolution, Waltz mentioned the genocide being perpetrated by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities, the undermining of Hong Kong's democratic rights, and the failure to report the coronavirus outbreak responsibly and the suppression of those who tried.
"Hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics Games in the [People's Republic of China], where organized atrocities in the [Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region] are ongoing; where the freedoms of Hong Kong's citizens are being trampled; where the fundamental right to worship is brutally persecuted; and in the wake of the ongoing global devastation from COVID-19; would be immoral, unethical, and wrong," the congressman wrote in his resolution.
Politicians from Great Britain have introduced similar measures, though it is unclear how widespread the support in either Great Britain or the United States would be for such action.
China responded to the news by warning any country that boycotts would be subject to Chinese economic sanctions.
"China will seriously sanction any country that follows such a call," wrote Hu Xijin in the government-controlled media outlet Global Times. "Boycotting 2022 Beijing Winter Games, an unpopular idea, won't receive wide support."