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China warns Washington not to boycott Winter Olympics

(Asian News Hub) – China’s government warned Washington on Wednesday not to boycott next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing after the Biden administration said it was talking with allies about a joint approach to complaints of human rights abuses.

A Foreign Ministry spokesperson rejected accusations of abuses against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region. He warned of an unspecified “robust Chinese response” to a potential Olympics boycott.

“The politicization of sports will damage the spirit of the Olympic Charter and the interests of athletes from all countries,” said the spokesperson, Zhao Lijian. “The international community including the U.S. Olympic Committee will not accept it.”

Human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games, due to start in February 2022. They have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.
The U.S. State Department suggested an Olympic boycott was among the possibilities but a senior official said later a boycott has not been discussed.

The International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee have said in the past they oppose boycotts.

AP

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IPL 2021: Remaining matches likely to be played in UAE

(Asian News Hub) – The remaining matches of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season are likely to be played in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The phase-2 of the season is expected to be held in September-October.

According to a report published in the Times of India, 31 matches of IPL 2021 are pending. On May 29, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) may make an announcement about holding these matches in the UAE.

Apart from it, the BCCI may also talk with England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) to reduce the nine-day gap between the second and third test of the five-test series between India and England that is scheduled to begin on August 4.

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