Ahead of February’s Beijing Winter Olympics, reports of a U.S.-coordinated diplomatic boycott, in which countries would send competing athletes but not government officials, are mounting as accusations of human rights violations against the host country grow louder.
President Joe Biden said last week that the U.S. was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 games, prompting allied countries to weigh doing the same in what may be a coordinated action.
Australia is contemplating a diplomatic boycott of the upcoming Olympics but is first “awaiting the decision by the Biden administration,” the Sydney Morning Herald reported early Thursday morning Australia time.
A Canadian official told CTV News Saturday that the Canadian government is discussing whether or not it will stage a boycott with its “closest partners.”
The United Kingdom has made “no decision” on a potential boycott.