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IOC Executive Board Holds Press Conference Amid US Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics

© REUTERS / Tingshu WangA man walks past a board with a sign of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at an exhibition hall during an organised media tour to venues of the Games in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China July 14, 2021
A man walks past a board with a sign of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at an exhibition hall during an organised media tour to venues of the Games in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China July 14, 2021 - Sputnik International, 1920, 07.12.2021
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Earlier in the day, China slammed the US for trying to disrupt the Beijing Olympics by announcing a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games.
Watch a live broadcast from Lausanne, Switzerland, where the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board is holding a press conference on Tuesday after a videoconference focusing on the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The event comes a day after the US announced a diplomatic boycott of the event, saying that no government officials will travel to China to attend the games.
Multiple US lawmakers and public figures called for a boycott of the Beijing Olympics, citing alleged human rights violations against Uyghurs in northwestern China, as well as Beijing's actions in Tibet. China has repeatedly rejected the allegations.
Calls for a boycott intensified as the former world number one women's doubles tennis player Peng Shuai disappeared from the public eye after accusing former Chinese Vice-Premier Zhang Gaoli of sexual assault. Although her statement disappeared from social media shortly after it was made, Peng Shuai received strong support from athletes all over the world, with many demanding that Beijing address the issue and comment on Peng's whereabouts.
The Beijing Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place between 4 and 20 February 2022.
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