The US is talking to allies about boycotting 2022 Beijing Olympics over genocide against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

A Chinese flag flutters in front of the IOC headquarters during a protest by activists of the International Tibet Network against the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Februay 3, 2021 in Lausanne.

  • The US and its allies are discussing a possible boycott of the 2020 Beijing Olympics.
  • “It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” the State Department said on Tuesday.
  • China is facing growing backlash over what’s widely considered to be genocide against the Uyghurs.
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The US is considering a joint boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing over the Chinese government’s human rights abuses, the US State Department said Tuesday.

“It is something that we certainly wish to discuss,” State Department spokesperson Ned Price said. “A coordinated approach will not only be in our interest but also in the interest of our allies and partners.”

“This is one of the issues that is on the agenda, both now and going forward,” Price added, making clear that a final decision has not been made.

In a later statement to Yahoo Sports, an unnamed State Department official stressed that no such talks have yet taken place. “We have not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners,” the official said.

The US government has been ramping up criticism of and pressure on the Chinese government over human rights violations, which led to a public spat between Secretary of State Antony Blinken and China’s top diplomat in Alaska last month.

The Biden administration in late March slapped new sanctions on Chinese officials over what the Treasury Department described as serious human-rights abuse against the Uyghurs in Xinjiang. The EU, the UK, and Canada – in coordination with the US – have also hit China with sanctions over its treatment of the Uyghurs.

Human rights groups say the Chinese government has forced over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities into detention camps in the Xinjiang region, though Beijing has vehemently denied the allegations.

Blinken has said what’s happening to the Uyghurs amounts to genocide, while calling on China to release “all those arbitrarily held in internment camps and detention facilities.”

There have been growing calls for countries and companies to boycott the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

Human rights lawyer Djaouida Siaci told Axios that a boycott could open the door for the International Criminal Court to begin an investigation into the allegations of genocide in Xinjiang.

GOP Sen. Mitt Romney in a New York Times op-ed last month said the US should engage in a diplomatic and economic boycott of the 2020 Beijing Olympics.

“Prohibiting our athletes from competing in China is the easy, but wrong, answer. Our athletes have trained their entire lives for this competition and have primed their abilities to peak in 2022,” Romney said.

“The right answer is an economic and diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. American spectators – other than families of our athletes and coaches – should stay at home, preventing us from contributing to the enormous revenues the Chinese Communist Party will raise from hotels, meals and tickets,” Romney added. “American corporations that routinely send large groups of their customers and associates to the Games should send them to U.S. venues instead.”

The last time the US boycotted the Olympics was during the 1980 summer games in Moscow.

The US Olympic Committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Overseas spectators will be barred from the Tokyo Olympics due to the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers say

Concerns had been raised about COVID-19 safety measures before organizers made the announcement.

  • Spectators from overseas will not be able to attend this year’s Olympics.
  • Organizers made the major concession to allow the event to take place.
  • The games are due to commence in July after being rescheduled last year.

Overseas spectators will be barred from attending the summer Olympics in Japan, the organizing committee confirmed on Saturday, according to multiple reports.

The Tokyo event, which is due to commence in July, was originally scheduled for 2020 but postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Concerns over safety measures have been raised over the past months, given that the pandemic is not yet over.

Some Japanese outlets had anticipated the decision to ban international fans – made by the International Olympic Committee, the International Paralympic Committee and the national and local governments in Japan – for some time.

Refunds will be offered to those who have already bought tickets. Tokyo Organising Committee CEO, Toshiro Muto, confirmed that around 600,000 Olympic tickets and around 30,000 Paralympic tickets will need to be compensated, Sky News reported.

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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics may cost more than $26 billion – and the estimate keeps rising

  • The cost to put on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo is estimated at more than $26 billion.
  • Postponing the games for one year added another $2.8 billion to the estimated total.
  • The Japanese public is largely opposed to holding the games, and there’s still a chance they will be canceled.
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Tokyo’s 2020 Olympics are already the most expensive summer games ever.

And that’s before the games have even taken place.

The Japanese public is largely against holding the Olympics, and there’s no guarantee they will happen at all. Now, the City of Tokyo, the International Olympic Committee, and athletes themselves are bleeding cash to keep the dream alive.

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WHERE ARE THEY NOW? The 1992 Dream Team that dominated Olympic basketball

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  • The 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball team, the “Dream Team,” consisted of several Hall of Famers and is considered the greatest basketball squad ever.
  • Many of the members are still involved in basketball today and back in the spotlight thanks to ESPN’s docuseries “The Last Dance.”
  • Here’s where the legendary members are today.
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The 1992 U.S. Olympic basketball squad, also known as the “Dream Team,” is considered by some to be the greatest basketball team ever created.

Composed of several Hall of Fame players, the ’92 Dream Team dominated the competition, restoring glory to U.S. Basketball.

Nearly all of the members remain involved in basketball in some form, and many have been thrown back in the spotlight thanks to ESPN’s docuseries “The Last Dance.”

Here’s what the legendary members are up to today:

Michael Jordan was the star of the Dream Team and the face of the NBA.

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Today, Jordan is the owner of the Charlotte Hornets, the face of Jordan brand, the star of the hit docuseries, “The Last Dance,” and widely considered the greatest NBA player ever.

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Magic Johnson was the fading, but popular elder statesman on the Dream Team.

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Today, Johnson is a celebrity, public speaker, basketball analyst, and part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers and Los Angeles Sparks.

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Larry Bird, like Johnson, was one of the Dream Team’s elder statesmen, though he struggled to play through back injuries.

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Bird was the president of the Indiana Pacers until 2017. He is retired now but still involved in basketball and the NBA.

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Charles Barkley was another star for the Dream Team, making waves with his flashy play, trash talk, and enjoyment of the Barcelona nightlife during the games.

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Today, Barkley is an analyst and one of the stars of TNT’s ‘Inside the NBA.’

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Scottie Pippen was Jordan’s wingman on the Bulls and contributed his defense, passing, and athleticism to the Dream Team.

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Pippen has worked with the Bulls in retirement and is also an analyst on ESPN’s NBA show “The Jump.”

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Karl Malone was third on the Dream Team in scoring, averaging 13 points per game.

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Malone has worked with the Utah Jazz coaching big men, but largely seems to enjoy retirement “in the woods or on a boat.”

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Source: Karl Malone/Twitter

Chris Mullin was one of the Dream Team’s sharpshooters and leading scorers.

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Mullin was hired as the head coach of St. John’s basketball in 2015, but he stepped down in 2019.

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Patrick Ewing was the Dream Team’s anchor in the paint, leading the team in rebounds and blocks.

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Today, Ewing is the head coach at Georgetown.

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Clyde Drexler averaged 10 points per game in the ’92 Olympics.

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Today, Drexler does color commentary for the Houston Rockets and is the commissioner of the three-on-three league The Big 3.

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David Robinson also manned the middle for Team USA.

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Today, Robinson is a partner with the private equity firm Admiral Capital Group and is involved with multiple charities.

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Source: Admiral Capital Group

John Stockton, though he played sparingly, was one of the team’s floor generals.

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Stockton served as an assistant coach for the Montana State University women’s basketball team in 2015-16. It’s unclear what he does today.

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Christian Laettner was the youngest player on the Dream Team, fresh out of college.

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Today, Laettner owns a real-estate firm and runs a basketball camp.

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Now, see where key members of Jordan’s last Bulls team are today…

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Jordan and Scottie Pippen joke during a playoff game in 1990.

WHERE ARE THEY NOW: Michael Jordan’s 1997-98 Chicago Bulls team documented in ‘The Last Dance’ >

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