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“Australia is also considering an ‘unofficial diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Winter Olympics”

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Australian athletes participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics

(Pyeongchang = Yonhap News) Reporter Lim Heon-jeong = The Australian team enters the opening ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics held at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium in Gangwon-do in February 2018. 2018.2.9 [email protected]

(Seoul = Yonhap News) Reporter Jeon Myung-hoon = The Australian daily Sydney Morning Herald reported on the 24th (local time) that the Australian government is considering an ‘unofficial diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February next year.

A diplomatic boycott is a method in which athletes are sent to the Olympics, but delegations such as government officials, diplomatic officials, and political figures are not sent.

According to the newspaper, the Australian government is considering not sending a delegation to Beijing without officially declaring a diplomatic boycott.

In particular, Sports Minister Richard Colbeck and Foreign Minister Murice Payne seem to have decided not to attend, the newspaper reported.

The Australian government is also expected to decide whether to participate in an official diplomatic boycott after watching US President Joe Biden’s decision, the newspaper added.

It is reported that the United States, Britain, and Canada are currently considering a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics.

“It is an issue that must be dealt with transparently and responsibly,” Colbeck told the Sydney Morning Herald.

Previously, at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, then Sports Minister Bridget Mackenzie visited Korea.

According to the newspaper, Australian politicians are calling for an official boycott.

In particular, this trend is getting stronger as concerns about the safety of Chinese tennis player Feng Shunyi (彭帥), who revealed that he was sexually assaulted by former Chinese deputy prime minister Zhang Gaori (張高麗), are growing.

Senator Eric Abetz, who previously sent a letter to Prime Minister Scott Morrison calling for a boycott, said China’s action against Peng would “be stronger.”

“Other like-minded, freedom-loving countries will follow suit, but they need a leader to start with. I hope Australia is that leader.”

So far, Russian President Vladimir Putin is the only national leader who has accepted the invitation to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

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