A plea to the IOC

Tuesday, February 23, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Olympic ringsA congressman from Florida is calling for a boycott of next year's winter Olympics if the games are not moved out of Beijing.

The call from Representative Michael Waltz (R-Florida) comes as Republican senators push a resolution to move the 2022 Winter Olympic Games away from Beijing.

"Look at what Beijing has released onto the world with this virus," Waltz recently told the "Sandy Rios in the Morning" program on AFR Talk. "Look at the damage it's done to our economy, to our way of life -- with two million-plus around the world dead, and [China] covered it up by arresting journalists, disappearing doctors trying to sound the alarm, and not allowing the CDC in to help."

Rep. Waltz finds those issues, in addition to China's treatment of Uyghurs, to be problematic.

Waltz

"There are videos showing the Muslim Uyghurs lined up in rows, blindfolded and on their knees being loaded onto rail cars, where they are shipped off to concentration camps," Waltz explained.

If the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is serious about human rights and its own code of ethics and morals, then Waltz believes the sports body would move the games.

"At this point, I'm calling for a boycott, because it is only 11 months away, and enough is enough," he said.

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