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US denies Chinese media claims it is trying to ‘maliciously disrupt and spoil’ Winter Olympics

The United States has dismissed claims by Chinese state media that it is “working on a plan” to push athletes to play passively at the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics and “politicize the international sporting event”.

the state China Daily newspaper made the claims in a report on Friday, citing unnamed sources.

“The sources said the plan is to induce athletes from various countries to express their displeasure with China, play passively in competition and even refuse to participate,” the report said.

Washington would compensate athletes involved in “the plan” and then mobilize resources to “protect the personal reputation” of those athletes, according to the report.

“The sources pointed out that Washington’s plan is yet another example of some anti-China forces in the United States attempting to politicize sports and maliciously disrupt and spoil the Beijing Winter Olympics,” said the report, which did not provide evidence to support these claims.

The allegations, however, were rebuffed by the United States.

“We were not and are not coordinating a global campaign regarding participation in the Olympics,” a US embassy spokesman told Reuters by email on Saturday.

“American athletes have the right to express themselves freely in accordance with the spirit and the charter of the Olympic Games, which includes the promotion of human rights,” the spokesperson added.

The spokesperson was referring to the diplomatic boycott of the Games by the United States, in which the country would not send a government delegation to the event but would allow individual athletes from the country to participate.

The statement also hit back at China and reiterated the reason the United States had boycotted the Games.

The spokesman said the Asian giant would continue to ‘mislead’ the public so it could ‘deflect attention from its egregious human rights record’, referring to widely reported allegations of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region.

The official gazette’s allegations follow a number of other allegations made by China in recent weeks.

Earlier on Thursday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi called on the United States to end its “interference” in the Winter Olympics during a phone call with his American counterpart Antony Blinken, the report reported. Associated Press.

The minister had also complained that the country had not changed its tough economic policy towards China.

China said last month that the UK, Canada and Australia, which are also diplomatically boycotting the Games, “will pay the price” for their “erroneous acts”.


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