The countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics is on. In a few weeks China will be fighting for medals. The venue polarized. Toboggan star Felix Loch is not happy with the choice either.
In the opinion of three-time Olympic luge champion Felix Loch, Germany should join the diplomatic boycott of some Western countries such as the USA or Great Britain at the Winter Games in Beijing. “The political boycott is definitely right. I would also appreciate it if Germany participated in the same way,” Loch said on ARD’s “Tagesthemen”. This cannot be the task of the athletes. He was against “passing the buck to us athletes and saying: ‘You have to boycott so that something changes there,'” said Loch.
The USA announced weeks ago that it would not be sending any official representatives to the games from February 4th to 20th in China. Australia, Canada, Great Britain and New Zealand joined. The background is above all the human rights situation in the most populous country in the world. The leadership in Beijing has been criticized for its dealings with the Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang province and the Tibetans, but also for the suppression of the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong and threats against Taiwan. The EU, on the other hand, is still struggling to find a common position.
According to Loch, the games should not have been awarded to Beijing. Even then you could see “that nothing is changing when it comes to human rights”. That’s why it was clear from the start “that it would be a bit difficult”. The corona pandemic with the strict measures in China does not make the whole thing any easier.