She said that the country would be represented at the Games by the Latvian Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Maija Manika, in accordance with epidemiological restrictions. In his turn, the President will meet with the Latvian Olympic team before the Games, wishing him success and the best results.
LETA has already written that Canada has decided to join the United States, Great Britain and Australia in the diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudo announced on Wednesday.
The White House, the British government and the Australian government have decided not to send diplomatic or official representatives to the Beijing Games to protest against China’s human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region. China has promised to crack down on this boycott.
The diplomatic boycott will not affect the ability of athletes from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia to participate in the Olympic Games.
Advocacy organizations have called for a full boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, citing China’s human rights abuses against Uighurs and the repression of democratic protests and dissidents in Hong Kong.
In recent years, several hundred Uighurs, Kazakhs and Hueus have testified that they have been imprisoned in internment camps in Xinjiang province as part of the government’s campaign for the forced assimilation of ethnic minorities.
The Chinese government explains that these camps, which have housed more than a million people since 2017, are in fact “vocational training centers” and are aimed at combating extremism and terrorism.