Media attention: Africa firmly supports Beijing Winter Olympics

2022-04-23 0 By

African countries have expressed support for China’s hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics, warning that the games should not be reduced to a political platform, ignoring a us call not to send officials to the games.Mali, South Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe and other African countries said last week that the Games would help unite their people, the report said.Zimbabwe says the Beijing Winter Olympics provide an opportunity to “unite the world.””Sports and politics should not be mixed,” Xinhua quoted Zimbabwe Olympic Committee President Tabani Gone as saying.Botswana Olympic Committee President Bosan Giannigo also expressed his views.”We have always believed that sporting events are not political platforms,” he said.In fact, China had already secured support from African countries through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as early as November 2021, the report noted.African countries attending the meeting expressed their commitment to promoting the sustainable and healthy development of the Olympic Movement and opposing the politicization of sports.A handful of Western countries, led by the United States, including Australia, The United Kingdom and Canada, said they would not send government officials or diplomats to the Games, the report said.Still, athletes from the United States and other countries are allowed to compete in Beijing.In response, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on November 21 that a small number of Western countries, led by the US, cannot represent the international community.”Their actions will be rejected by people from all over the world, including athletes participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics,” Zhao said.China’s foreign ministry said international organizations, including the United Nations and the International Olympic Committee, and people from many countries around the world had “expressed their support and expectations for the Beijing Winter Olympics and opposed the politicization of sports.”