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One month before its inauguration, the Beijing Olympics face risks and controversies

One month before its inauguration, the Beijing Olympics face risks and controversies

With this event scheduled from 4 to 20 February, the Chinese capital will be the premiere town to attend the Jeux d’hiver after ceux d’été, in 2008, the most prestigious and considered to be the celebration of a mountain country in power.

On this occasion, Beijing is especially interested in ruling out risks and controversies.

Following a strategy of total eradication of COVID-19 in the country, China will launch a sanitary bubble for the approximately 3000 athletes and people mobilized for the organization of the competitions.

Despite the promise of games green, inclusive, open and clean, that environmental activists doubtBeijing remains under threat from a polluting fog, especially in winter.

Regarding the controversies surrounding the 2022 Olympics, Chancellor Wang Yi cautioned: The political manipulation of a few Western politicians will not damage the enthusiasm of the Olympics, but will only expose its own nullity..

Organizations have long called for a full boycott of the Olympics in protest against China’s human rights record, noting particularly the treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.

In December, the Biden administration announced that it would not send without official representation at the Games because the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights violations.

Beijing has warned that the United States paieront le prix“,”text”:”paieront le prix”}}”>will pay the price of this affront, but that did not stop Australia, the United Kingdom and canada join the diplomatic boycott, even if athletes from these countries will participate well in competitions.

Another hot topic: the Peng Shuai affair.

One month before its inauguration, the Beijing Olympics face risks and controversies

Peng shuai

Photo: Getty Images / Wang He

Tennis player, a stunt specialist, went missing for nearly three weeks after accusing former Deputy Prime Minister Zhang Gaoli, 40 years her senior, of having sex. force during a relationship that lasted several years.

The videos showing her since then in public in China have not been enough to dispel doubts about her safety and her freedoms of movement and expression.


These Olympic Games will also be the second, after those in Tokyo last summer, to be played under the threat of COVID-19.

China, where the coronavirus appeared in late 2019, has established a so-called zero COVID with the aim of suppressing any spread of the virus through severe border restrictions, long quarantines and selective closures. Therefore, the 13 million people of Xi’an must stay at home for almost two weeks.

Omicron should not be at the origin of this latest outbreak, relatively small compared to other countries, but this highly contagious variant constitutes a new challenge for the organizers of the Olympic Games.

Omicron’s first consequence: Hockey players from the North American Championship, the NHL, will not be allowed to participate in the Games..

We are worriedconceded David Shoemaker, secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

We are confident that these Games can still be run safely, but we do so on a day-to-day basis.he told CBC.

The organizers have established a draconian protocol: all athletes must be vaccinated, otherwise they will be quarantined two weeks before, undergo daily tests and no one will be allowed to leave the team. olympic bubble.

There will be spectators to attend the events, an improvement over the Tokyo Olympics, but none can come from abroad.

In sporting terms, China is not a major Winter Olympics nation (62 medals, including 17 golds), but it expects a lot from a Californian-born 18-year-old Eileen Gu, who has chosen to represent China, the country of your country. mother.

The two-time 2021 freestyle ski world champion is unrivaled in halfpipe and slopestyle, and can even aim for a golden triplet if she takes part in the big jump. (great air).

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