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US announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics

April Ross, left, of the United States, places the gold medal around the neck of teammate Alix Klineman, after winning a women's beach volleyball Gold Medal match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
April Ross, left, of the United States, places the gold medal around the neck of teammate Alix Klineman, after winning a women's beach volleyball Gold Medal match against Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, Aug. 6, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

The United States announces a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics citing human rights abuses, in a move that will not stop US athletes from competing.

“The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s (People’s Republic of China) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses,” says White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

“The athletes on Team USA have our full support,” she adds. “We will be behind them 100 percent as we cheer them on from home.”

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