The White House spokeswoman said on Wednesday that the United States has not started any discussion on a possible boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, contrary to what an American representative had suggested.
If it’s not a backpedal, it looks like it. While the spokesperson for the US State Department had mentioned in recent days a possible boycott of the next Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 (“this is something we certainly want to discuss”), the United States assured this Wednesday not to have started any dialogue on this subject with their allies.
“We have not had discussions and we are not discussing any boycott with allies and partners,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.
The US Olympic Committee said it was against a boycott
A little earlier, the American Olympic and Paralympic Committee had reaffirmed its opposition to such a large-scale action during the Chinese Olympics. Boycotts from athletes “have proven to have negative consequences for athletes, while not responding to international problems satisfactorily,” said Susanne Lyons, chair of the committee.
Refusing the idea of US medal hopefuls being used as “pawns on the political spectrum,” Ms. Lyons insisted, “For our athletes, the only dream is to represent the United States of America.”