US elected officials “worried” for the safety of athletes at the Winter Olympics


Freedom of expression, data protection… American elected officials have expressed their “worries” this Monday, January 31, regarding the safety of athletes during the Beijing Olympics, in a letter to the American Olympic Committee, a copy of which was obtained by AFP.

Boycott of the Beijing Olympics: the (very) convoluted position of France

“Several recent events have raised concerns about the safety of athletes which we believe require an urgent response”, assures this parliamentary group specializing in China, made up of elected representatives from both parties.

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The elected officials claim to have been dismayed by the remarks of an official of the organization of the Olympic Games, Yang Shu, according to whom “speech contrary to the Olympic spirit” and “to Chinese laws and regulations” would “liable to certain penalties”.

The “MY2022” application worries

“Being a US citizen is not in itself a protection against harmful treatment by the Chinese government”, they warn in the missive.

They also point the finger at the MY2022 application that all participants in the Beijing Olympics (February 4 to 20) must download and use, whose security flaws identified by Citizen Lab raise fears of data hacking. The Organizing Committee of the Games assured AFP that the flaws in question had “already corrected”.

Say Uncle Obs… Why have China and the United States become enemies?

But several Western Olympic committees have advised their athletes to use spare smartphones or emails during the Games.

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This group of elected officials, chaired by Democrats Jeff Merkley and James McGovern, is finally urging the US Olympic Committee to ” protect “ American athletes of products made in Xinjiang “by forced labor”.

The diplomatic boycott

The United States rightly announced in early December a diplomatic boycott of the Games because of the human rights violations it accuses China of committing against the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjiang province.

After Australia, the United Kingdom joins the diplomatic boycott of the United States at the Beijing Olympics

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In mid-December, the American Olympic Committee had already announced that it would inform the American delegation, made up of 222 athletes, of Chinese legislation in advance and prepare them for the Olympics. ” not like the others “.

Asked whether the US president was in favor of athletes making political statements at the Olympics, his spokeswoman Jen Psaki said on Monday that the Biden administration had “expressed support for freedom of expression”.



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