Olympic champion skier Mikela Shifrin has said that she should not choose between her “moral” and “job” amid calls for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
Human rights groups have urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to exclude the Games from China due to the treatment of Uygur Muslims and other human rights concerns. China denies human rights abuses.
Commenting on the possible boycott of the Beijing Games, American Shifrin told CNN: “The Olympics is big, and it’s something you shoot, and you don’t want to miss it.
“And you certainly don’t want to be put in a position to choose between human rights, such as being able to do your job versus morality, which on the other hand can shed light on some issues or actually bring hope. Very difficult. Time in the World. “
Shiffrin, who won the giant slalom gold at the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, said competition in countries accused of human rights violations was “tough”.
“What a real tantrum that not only is the accusation, but, as in many places, valid evidence that we are going to the last several Olympics,” she said.
“One important thing about the Olympics is that it is considered a global event,” she said. “I don’t understand the importance of trying to be essentially right for that pledge. But it is hard to be honest. “
The United States has not decided whether it will participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in China, a White House spokesman said last week.
Shiffrin said that the IOC needs to consider how athletes can be affected when choosing the Games hosts.
“I doubt it’s an easy task, but it seems like when you’re hosting an event that is meant to bring the world together and in a sense create hope and peace, there may be more consideration, ” He said. “Some places seem more suitable than others.”