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Team Canada to Participate in 2022 Olympics, Despite Calls for a Boycott Over Beijing’s Rights Abuses

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Team Canada to Participate in 2022 Olympics, Despite Calls for a Boycott Over Beijing’s Rights Abuses

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Despite widespread calls by human rights groups for countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) announced on Feb. 4 that Team Canada will be participating in the Games. The COC and the Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC) said in a joint statement that although they are “deeply concerned” over China’s human rights record, “boycotts don’t work.” “Over the past few months, we have started to hear rumblings of a proposed boycott of the Beijing Games. China’s troubling human-rights record, the oppression of the Uyghur minority and the continued detention of two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are deeply concerning for us,” the statement said. “In no way are we, at the Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee, trying to minimize what is happening in China. But a boycott is not the answer.” On Feb. 3, a coalition of 180 human rights groups …

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