Tajikistan on Monday announced that they will not send athletes to participate in 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics – the Games apparently facing several backlash, in which the US and some other countries have already announced diplomatic boycotts due to concerns about China’s human rights record.
“We will not send any athletes to take part in the Beijing Olympics on February 4,” a source in Tajikistan’s National Olympic Committee (NOC) told Asia Plus.
Even the participation of President Emomali Rahmon, whose name is on the guest list, is not so far confirmed, the source added.
Recently, a Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman said that Rahmon is registered in the IOC system to participate in the Games as an official guest.
According to the NOC, Tajik athletes are not ready for the games due to COVID-19 pandemic.
However, the chairman of the State Committee for National Security of Tajikistan, Saimumin Yatimov had recently confirmed participation of the athletes to the games.
Yatimov also said that all measures were taken to ensure the safety of Tajik delegation to the olympics.
Recently, the US has announced a diplomatic boycott to the games, but said they will send athletes and they have the government’s full support.
The US put reason behind the boycott due to concern about China’s human rights record.
In December, the White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that “US diplomatic or official representation would treat these games as business as usual in the face of the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) egregious human rights abuses and atrocities in Xinjiang. We simply can’t do that.”
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