26 November, 2021

No, No, a Thousand Times No

Tom Cotton Wants Complete Olympic Boycott In 2022 - Victory Girls Blog

I’ve said more times than I can count that the American withdrawal from the Moscow Olympics in 1980 was one of the dumbest decisions of the Carter Presidency (and that’s setting the bar really freaking high). I don’t want Biden to repeat that stupidity.

We went to Berlin in 1936, remember?

We should do the same next year in China. Go there, kick ass, come home.

Don’t make political pawns of American kids who have been training their entire lives for their one shining moment in the sun.

No, no, no, no, no, no, no.

“Victory” Girls are for it. I will have to put Victory in quotes from here on out. As apparently, they’d rather run than fight.

A diplomatic boycott does send a message, but a total boycott would be a bigger message. But there probably isn’t enough momentum among politicians and athletes for more than this half measure. Team Brandon has demonstrated that they are pretty wimpy on China, and asking the athletes to stand up against China’s human rights abuses is hard to do when it feels so abstract.

Perhaps if they had a concrete example to rally around, like a missing Chinese tennis star, more athletes would consider a boycott on moral grounds. I have no doubt that it would be very difficult, because despite their corruption, the title of “Olympian” does still carry a cachet. I’m not saying it would be easy for the athletes to give up their Olympic dreams, but Tom Cotton is right. We know what is happening in China, and the participation of the United States and other countries who claim they care about human rights provides China with a moral whitewash that they don’t in the least bit deserve.


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