MADRID, November 20 (European press) –
The UK government is considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, with the US expected to announce soon, according to British media ‘The Times’ on Saturday.
The diplomatic boycott means that representatives of the British government will not attend the competition, but athletes can compete.
According to the media, the country’s foreign minister, Liz Truss, will support the measure, although the position of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has not yet been determined.
And US President Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that his country is considering a diplomatic boycott of the Games to pressure the Chinese authorities in the face of accusations of alleged human rights violations in Xinjiang and Hong Kong.
The deliberations come as international concern grows over the whereabouts of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who has gone missing after denouncing the sexual harassment of her country’s former deputy prime minister.
The Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) confirmed Friday that it is ready to withdraw all of its tournaments and business from the country if the issue is not brought to light, an action taken by Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic, the world number one, declaring approval of “one hundred percent”.
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