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  1. That’s exactly where things are going. And the next step will be athletes knowing they will lose sponsorship contracts if they go.
  2. https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/genocide-declarations-06152021171101.html More global calls for diplomatic or full boycotts,
  3. Well NBC do have a low of power - if they and all other American broadcasters refused to show any coverage of the games in Bejing and were followed by the broadcasters in Canada, Uk, France, Germany and Japan the games would struggle to be viable.
  4. A new poll shows the majority of British People believe Covid leaked from a Chinese Lab. This shows that the campaign for a boycott would have widespread public support in the UK
  5. NBC might well be the biggest pusher - if they get scared of adverts ing boycotts during the games they will push to void their contract which I bet has an American boycott clause. The Chief Rabbi of the Uk has come out for a boycott which is a big deal. https://www.politicshome.com/thehouse/article/britain-must-send-a-strong-message-to-china-and-join-a-diplomatic-boycott-of-2022-beijing-winter-olympics https://www.theepochtimes.com/legislators-in-ten-countries-push-for-beijing-2022-winter-olympics-boycott_3849936.html
  6. https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/3135311/former-hong-kong-lawmaker-baggio-leung-vows-campaign More pressure.
  7. If Joe Biden and Boris Johnson stand there and say Covid came from a lab leak do you really think the people of the USA and UK will tolerate athletes going there. No they won’t.
  8. https://eu.tennessean.com/story/opinion/2021/05/29/boycott-2022-winter-olympics-would-hurt-athletes-not-china/5251384001/
  9. It feels more and more likely it will end up with the USPOD being threatened with a Goverment takeover if it does not boycott.
  10. The legislation being introduced Friday directs the heads of executive agencies and the defense secretary not to enter into contracts with companies or people who have “business operations with the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games or the International Olympic Committee.” It wouldn’t apply to contracts the secretaries of State or Defense determine to be in the interest of national security. The ban would be lifted if companies withdraw their support from the Games, which are scheduled to begin Feb. 4. “This section shall not apply with respect to a person that terminates business operations with the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games or the International Olympic Committee within 30 days after the date of the enactment of this section,” according to the legislation. If passed by Congress and signed by the president, the practical effect of the law would be to ban products produced by those companies from being sold in federal buildings or installations, parks and military bases -- anywhere the federal government enters into contracts with vendors to provide services. Some of the major partners of the 2022 Games include Coca-Cola Co., Intel Corp., Proctor & Gamble Co. and Visa Inc., according to the Beijing 2022 website. Pelosi Calls for a ‘Diplomatic Boycott’ of the Beijing Olympics Criticism of the decision to hold the games in Beijing has been growing in Congress. In recent weeks, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has endorsed a proposal first raised in the Senate for a diplomatic boycott of the event, in which athletes and coaches could attend and compete but the U.S. would send no official delegation of government leaders. Language calling on the Biden administration to take that step has been added to a large package of China-related legislation that is moving through the Senate. (Updates with additional details from the bill beginning in the eighth paragraph. An earlier version of this story was corrected to remove GE from the list of corporate sponsors of the 2022 Olympics.)
  11. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/lawmakers-propose-ban-on-firms-backing-beijing-games/ar-AAKs9CK?li=BBnbcA1 The proposal goes much further than what Republican and Democratic leaders in the House have proposed, but it is a sign of the broad bipartisan frustration in Congress over China’s behavior on a range of issues from human rights in the Xinjiang region to transparency over the origins of the Covid-19 pandemic. “Hitting their bottom lines seems to be the only thing that will ultimately get their attention,” said Republican Representative Mike Waltz from Florida, who is sponsoring the bill. “And they’re either going to do business with the federal government or continue to sponsor these games. But we’re going to make them choose.”
  12. A ban on US citizens going to China would be something they could do but the likelihood is USOPC would fold and agree to boycott under the resulting pressure.
  13. I feel that if the report on origins of Covid-19 just ordered comes back as a leak - deliberate or accidental then a boycott becomes much more likely.
  14. Smith later said "a so-called diplomatic boycott is weak and in no way penalizes Xi Jinping and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for the heinous crime of genocide."
  15. This feels more important. Looks like the US Hiuse might have bipartisan support for a total boycott. https://www.ucanews.com/news/us-mulls-2022-winter-olympics-boycott-over-china-rights-record/92566 A US congressional panel has weighed the possibility of a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to call attention to China's long-standing human rights abuses. Another tactic discussed was to find an alternate site to host the Winter Games. Sites floated included Salt Lake City; Vancouver, British Columbia; and Lake Placid, New York -- the sites of the 2002, 2010 and 1980 Winter Games respectively. "If we can delay an Olympics for a year because of a pandemic, surely we can delay the Olympics for a year because of a genocide," said Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, which sponsored the hearing along with the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.
  16. The new evidence pointing to a leak causing Covid makes it harder for the Pelosi/Romney diplomatic boycott line to hold. Feels more likely a total boycott will happen.
  17. https://www.ctpost.com/sports/article/AP-Exclusive-Full-blown-boycott-pushed-for-16181833.php Calls for Total boycott grow. NBC being lobbied.
  18. You don’t think that China banned say the USA from entering next year and the IOC said oh it’s China’s decision that would not make a lot of Americans want to pull entirely out of the IOC?
  19. China don’t face the same public risk of an outbreak that Japan has because they not a democracy. But if they did ban a country and the IOC was seen to be even indifferent to that then country banned would surely withdraw from the IOC in protest.
  20. The IOC would be very weary of the risk that were countries to be banned from Bejing that they would withdraw from Paris, Milan and Los Angeles. Imagine if China banned the USA from entering and the IOC said that was fine - that would make the likelihood that LA gets cancelled.
  21. The IOC contracts tend to mean the host nation has very little power over those things.
  22. The United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has called for a US diplomatic boycott of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, criticising China for human rights abuses. Pelosi stated that global leaders who attended the Games would lose "moral authority" in a bipartisan Congressional hearing. "What I propose - and join those who are proposing - is a diplomatic boycott," said Pelosi. "Let's not honour the Chinese Government by having heads of state go to China. "For heads of state to go to China in light of a genocide that is ongoing - while you're sitting there in your seat - really begs the question, what moral authority do you have to speak again about human rights any place in the world?" Republican Congressman Chris Smith claimed that corporate sponsors should have to testify in Congress and "be held to account", while Democratic Congressman Jim McGovern added the Games should be postponed to give the International Olympic Committee time to find a replacement. It comes after a coalition of Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others have issued a statement calling for a full-blown boycott of Beijing 2022, citing the alleged human rights abuses in China. It is the latest call for nations to not travel to China for the Games, although the latest is notably not just a "diplomatic boycott" that involves heads of state not attending, but stating countries should not attend the event at all. The coalition released a statement online which read: "Participating in the Beijing Olympic Games at this time would be tantamount to endorsing China's genocide against the Uyghur people and legitimising the increasingly repressive policies of the totalitarian Chinese regime. "We believe athletes are people of conscience who have the power to use their platforms to stop injustice. "We call on them, and those who believe in the right of all people to exist, and to live free from fear and oppression, to join our movement." The coalition further explained their boycott with the Associated Press. "The time for talking with the International Olympic Committee is over," said Lhadon Tethong of the Tibet Action Institute. "This cannot be Games as usual or business as usual; not for the IOC and not for the international community. "If the Games go ahead, then Beijing gets the international seal of approval for what they are doing. "People have worked to engage with the IOC in good faith to have them understand the issues directly from the mouths of those most impacted - the Uyghurs at the top of that list and the Tibetans and others. "It's clear the IOC is completely uninterested in what the real impacts on the ground for people are."
  23. I can’t see the IOC tolerating countries being banned from taking part - they would simply arrange quarantine procedures. Don’t the contract with the IOC forbid a host from enforcing normal immigration rules for the games,
  24. https://warontherocks.com/2021/05/a-five-ring-circus-in-china-the-proposed-boycott-of-the-2022-winter-olympics/ https://www.ibtimes.com/china-says-us-trampling-right-athletes-compete-winter-games-3198118
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