Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Monday, Feb. 15, calling on the United States to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics if they are not moved out of China. He argues that the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) egregious human rights abuses make it unworthy of hosting the sporting event.
The resolution, introduced by Waltz, urges the U.S. Olympic Committee to propose that the host site be transferred to another country. And should the request be rejected, the United States should withdraw from the games, the document states.
“The Chinese Communist Party has carried out many heinous acts in the last year alone that should disqualify them from hosting the 2022 Winter Olympics,” said Waltz.
“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 [CCP Virus] outbreak in Wuhan that cost lives by sending delegations to Beijing,” Walz added.
The resolution also requests the secretary of state to transmit a copy of the resolution to the government of each country represented in the International Olympic Committee, seeking to take joint action.
The representative also recalled in his note that the United States labeled the CCP’s atrocities against the Uighurs in Xinjiang during President Trump’s administration as genocide.
The CCP “has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang,” Secretary of State Pompeo determined on Jan. 19 after analyzing the facts.
Waltz’s action comes amid growing calls inside and outside the United States for the 2022 Olympics to be moved out of China.
Since 2019 a prominent Muslim group has been calling on the United States to boycott the games, and after Pompeo officially declared the genocide, more voices joined the cry in defense of the victims, as did leaders of Britain’s Jewish community on Jan. 26 according to The Times.
In early February, 13 parliamentarians from Canada’s major parties published an open letter to the Olympic Committee calling for the relocation of next year’s Olympic Games venue due to appalling human rights violations under the Chinese Communist Party.
The Canadian parliamentarians stated that participating in the Olympics in China would be tantamount to taking part in a sinister and self-indulgent spectacle staged to benefit a communist regime perpetrating the worst crimes against its people.
Rewarding the bad behavior of autocrats only emboldens them. There isn’t a worse time to reward [Chinese leader] Xi for his utter recklessness and inhumanity,” Waltz wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Examiner.