The Embassy Spokesperson’s Response to questions regarding BOCOG official’s remarks on respecting Olympic Charter and local regulations
2022-01-22 03:14

Q: An official from the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG) has recently “warned athletes to act in accordance with Olympic spirit and Chinese laws, otherwise they would be subjected to certain punishment”. Head of Amnesty Norway said “China breaks the promise made when assigned the Winter Olympics, that there should be full freedom of expression for all participants”. What is your comment on this?

A: The relevant quotes are completely taken out of the context. China has made solemn commitment to the international community to present a successful Winter Olympic Game, and will protect the rights of all participants in accordance with relevant laws. It is common sense that participants of Beijing Winter Olympic Games should abide by Chinese laws and regulations, just as Chinese athletes should also follow local laws and regulations when they compete in foreign countries. On the other hand, all sides should uphold and practice the Olympic spirit. The principle of political neutrality is enshrined in Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter, which also clearly states that no kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas. China looks forward to working with all countries to present to the world “streamlined, safe and splendid” Winter Games. We welcome Norwegian athletes, support team and media to Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, and wish them a memorable and fruitful stay in China.

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