Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1366-W977



Release Date: March 18, 2021



Topic: Boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:抵制2022北京冬奥会 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)



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Boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

-- Wei Jingsheng



There is less than a year before the scheduled 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.  The calls to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics are on the rise from human rights groups and politicians in many countries.  But there were also politicians who came out to speak the other way.  For example, a well-known American politician said that athletes are working hard and their families are looking forward to it, and they should not be made to make a sacrifice.  He also said that the 2008 global boycott of the Beijing Olympics did not change the human rights situation in China.  This is an obvious lie.


This is the same routine as when the United States granted China permanent most-favored-nation status twenty years ago: You cannot sacrifice the interests of some people in the United States for the sake of China's human rights.  Under the manipulation of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the large capital of the United States, with the drive of countless dollars and interests, a resolution in the US Congress which was harmful to both the Chinese and the American people was passed.  With some specious excuses, it is the usual practice of American politicians to play deceptive politics for their own gain.


According to that politician, it seems that the 2022 Winter Olympics is the only opportunity for American athletes.  This politician used sophistry skillfully here.  The Olympics Games are supposed to be competitions between the amateur athletes.  Yet China and the former USSR always sent professionals to participate.  Now not only in the United States, but in China, professional sports have become the main means of income for athletes.  Whether to participate as amateurs in the Olympics is only related to the issue of increasing popularity, not the so-called fate and income of the athletes.  To describe participating in the Olympics as the only opportunity for those athletes is to change the concept.


Speaking of popularity, there are now many professional sports associations in the world.  Some of their events meet the popularity and even surpass the Olympic Games.  The excuse of an absence of an Olympic gold medal affecting the popularity of athletes and thus their sports career seems to be sophistry here, and the reason is very inadequate.  If large-scale professional competitions are held in the United States and Europe at the same time as the Olympics, and they are broadcast by television stations in the United States and Europe, the athletes’ popularity will not be lost, but the authority and lack of moral credit of the Beijing Olympics will be highlighted.  The loss will be the credibility of the CCP government and the International Olympic Committee, and meanwhile it will improve the authority and moral credibility of other professional associations.  The athletes themselves will not lose much.


Russia is a powerful country in the sports of ice and snow.  But the United States, Canada and Europe are also powerful countries in these events.  If these powerful countries organize together to fight against Beijing and Russia, it is hard to say who will win, but at least it will greatly weaken the limelight of Beijing and the International Olympic Committee.  The various committees in the international sports world compete in this way, and one after another competition is also the norm.  The emergence of a new pattern has always been the norm, and no one is the eternal authority.


What that politician was asserting was the loss of hundreds of athletes, but it is not.  Apart from the propaganda of the CCP authoritarian regime in Beijing, the biggest losses are those business sponsors who flatter the Communist regime and the shameless politicians they sponsor.  These business sponsors and shameless politicians are accustomed to selling their private goods and taking money secretly under the guise of the suffering of ordinary people.  The International Olympic Committee has long been a notoriously corrupt organization that takes money to do what is expected for it, and its high-sounding humanitarian pretense has long since faded.


Money scandals in the international sports world are endless.  Western democracies also learn from the CCP’s money diplomacy, and join the ranks of corruption by violating laws of their own countries.  Not only have the sports, press, entertainment, and education sectors all fallen, but they also imitated the behavior of authoritarian regimes.  This is one of the fundamental reasons for the regression of global democracy.  What makes the Deng Xiaoping Communist regime smarter than the Soviet Union and Mao Zedong is that it has captured the weakness of Western capitalism.  It is more effective to use money to corrupt universal values than to threaten with nuclear weapons.


The democratic and free social system that began in Western countries is based on a free market economy.  But the weakness of the free market economy is that money controls politics.  When the interests of certain capitalists are higher than the basic values, it is not only the values that are sacrificed, but also economic and security interests.  The regression of global democracy is only a superficial phenomenon.


The Biden administration firmly stated that it will take values as an important basic policy.  But we haven't seen the implementation yet.  Big things need to be done, but they are often more difficult and will not be effective until after a long time.  Then it might as well start with the easier little things, with low difficulty and quick results, like playing the game of Go, where small victories accumulate into a big one.  It would be an effective measure to restore global democracy and fight for international leadership.



(This English version is translated by Ciping HUANG, without any compensation.  Wei Jingsheng and the Wei Jingsheng Foundation appreciate her decades of contribution, especially for allowing the use and distribution of her translations of these commentaries.)


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(Written and recorded on March 16, 2021.  Broadcasted by Radio Free Asia on March 17, 2021.)



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Wei Jingsheng Foundation News and Article: A1366-W977



Release Date: March 18, 2021



Topic: Boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics -- Wei Jingsheng

标题:抵制2022北京冬奥会 -- 魏京生


Original Language Version: Chinese (Chinese version at the end)









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