The US has not made a ultimate choice on whether or not to take part within the Olympics in China. From Reuters

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© Reuters. Organized media tour to the locations of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing’s Yanqing district

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By Jarrett Renshaw

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The White House has not made a final decision on whether the United States will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, President Joe Biden’s spokeswoman said Thursday, despite some Republicans calling for a boycott.

Republicans who have called for either a boycott or the rescheduling of the Olympics from Beijing have cited an American designation under former President Donald Trump that the Chinese government committed genocide against Uighur Muslims in their Xinjiang region.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters about the US participation in the Beijing Olympics: “A final decision has not been made and of course we would seek advice from the US Olympic Committee.”

Psaki had signaled on February 3 that the United States had no plans to boycott the Beijing Olympics. At that point they said, “We are not currently talking about changing our stance or our plans regarding the Beijing Olympics.”

The United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee (USOPC) said it did not comment on Psaki’s recent remarks, but referred to a statement it made on February 3 against boycotts.

The previous USOPC statement said: “We believe that the governments of the world and China must act more effectively to deal directly with human rights and geopolitical issues.”

Human rights groups have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to remove the Olympic Games from China because of the treatment of Uighur Muslims and other human rights concerns. China denies human rights violations.

The last US Olympic boycott came in 1980 when President Jimmy Carter refused to send American athletes to the Moscow Olympics amid Cold War tensions related to the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, seen as a potential Republican presidential candidate by 2024, was the youngest politician in her party on Thursday to call for a boycott. Haley wrote on Twitter: “The United States should not glorify a country that genocides its own people and threatens the world.”

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