The Beijing Winter Olympics are expected to run from February 4 to 20. But in the lead-up to the event, the IOC faces criticism that it turns a blind eye to alleged human rights abuses in China. Photo: Reuters
The Beijing Winter Olympics are expected to run from February 4 to 20. But in the lead-up to the event, the IOC faces criticism that it turns a blind eye to alleged human rights abuses in China. Photo: Reuters

Peng Shuai: IOC defends handling of human rights concerns in China ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics

  • Critics accuse IOC of ignoring human rights issues but it says awarding the Olympics does not equal taking a stand on a host’s politics or other matters
  • Zhang Gaoli, retired political figure at centre of sexual assault allegation, ran Beijing Winter Olympics working group, met IOC president Thomas Bach in 2016

Topic |   Beijing Winter Olympics 2022
The Beijing Winter Olympics are expected to run from February 4 to 20. But in the lead-up to the event, the IOC faces criticism that it turns a blind eye to alleged human rights abuses in China. Photo: Reuters
The Beijing Winter Olympics are expected to run from February 4 to 20. But in the lead-up to the event, the IOC faces criticism that it turns a blind eye to alleged human rights abuses in China. Photo: Reuters
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