POSTED: March 22nd 2015

Beijing 2022 Olympic Bid wants to keep politics and sport separate

The IOC is in town this week to evaluate the Olympic Bid / Bigstock
The IOC is in town this week to evaluate the Olympic Bid / Bigstock

MARISSA FLANDERS / Sports Features Communications

(SFC) On March 19th, a global coalition of over 175 Tibetan organizations submitted a report to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The report "Losing the bet on human rights: Beijing and the Olympic Games," implored the IOC to reject the 2022 Winter Games bid by Beijing. The report argued that nothing has been done to stop the human rights abuses in Tibet, even when Beijing was awarded the 2008 Olympics, and awarding them the 2022 Olympics would only encourage the government to continue.

Following this, the Beijing 2022 Bid Committee made a statement in regard to the Tibet report. They underlined, "The Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games provides inspiration to people around the world and we are passionate about the opportunity to win the right to host the Games in 2022.  While groups often raise specific interests around major sporting events, we believe in the Olympic Charter's vision to protect the power of sport from political influence. Beijing 2022 will continue to follow the Olympic Charter and stand by the effort to keep politics and sport separate."

The Beijing 2022 Bid Committee wanted to stress that politics and sport should be separate. The IOC Evaluation Committee is currently on a five-day visit to Beijing and Zhangjiakou to inspect the preparation for the 2022 Olympic Games. Almaty, Kazkahstan, and Beijing, are vying to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games. The host city will be selected during the 2015 IOC Session in Kuala, Malaysia.

** MARISSA FLANDERS is a graduate of Saint Leo University with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Business. She has over four years of writing experience and has a real passion for ice hockey following the Pittsburgh Penguins on her blog

Keywords · Beijing 2022 · IOC · Tibet · Olympics

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