Seoul, 18 December 2021 (TDI): The President of the Republic of Korea (ROK/South Korea), Moon Jae-in rejected the US-led move to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics hosted by China.

Moon Jae-in enunciated that South Korea is not considering following the footsteps of the US, UK, Australia, and Canada. The remarks were made by the South Korean President whilst he was visiting Australia.

He further highlighted that the United States or any other country has not asked South Korea to follow suit. Ergo, there will be no boycotting the sports event from the South Korean side.

Earlier the US announced the decision to diplomatically boycott the winter games event although the country’s athletes will be participating. With the US’ announcement, the UK, Australia, and Canada followed suit.

Likewise, Japan is also expected to follow the boycott but France has announced not to. However, just like the US, the athletes of these countries will be participating in the Winter Olympics.

Politicization of Sports Event

China as well as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) censured the decision and urged the world to not politicize the sports event as doing so violates the Olympic spirit.

Recently, the 10th Olympic Summit chaired by the President of the IOC, Thomas Bach, also denounced the politicization of the Olympic Games and Sports.

China is hosting the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The 2022 Winter Olympics is an international mega winter sports event that will be held from 4 to 20 February 2022. This will make Beijing the only city in the world that will have hosted the Olympic event twice.

Athletes worldwide will gather to compete in the contest amid the precautionary measures adopted to curtail the spread of Covid-19.

About 3,000 athletes will participate in a total of 109 different events. Artificial snow will be sprayed onto the competition arenas for the sports as there is little snowfall in Beijing, naturally.