Ratcliffe calls on IOC to move 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing

0
40
Ratcliffe calls on IOC to move 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing

Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe is calling on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Games out of Beijing — saying the Chinese Communist Party should not be rewarded after unleashing, and then concealing and blocking investigation of the coronavirus pandemic.

Ratcliffe wrote in an op-ed published by Fox News that, “the world — and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) — should not allow Beijing to enjoy the benefits of hosting a massive global event while rejecting transparency and refusing to allow inquiries into, much less answering for, the deaths of millions of people around the world.”

He continued by calling on the IOC to deny Beijing “the ability to burnish its global image despite its crimes.”

Ratcliffe argued the CCP’s conduct throughout the pandemic represents the antithesis of the spirit of the Olympics, adding that their behavior has “proven once again that they are no friend of the world.”

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a ceremony on June 29, 2021.
Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a ceremony on June 29, 2021.
AP

“The seven Olympic values are friendship, excellence, respect, courage, determination, inspiration and equality. The CCP’s coverup of the virus’s origins have proven once again that they are no friend of the world,” he wrote.

“They have shown a commitment to excellence in little else other than their efforts to suppress the truth. They continue to disrespect the memory of millions of COVID-victims and attempt to bully anyone who shows the courage and determination to stand up to them.”

The piece comes on the same day as a Republican led congressional investigation into the origins of the coronavirus purported to prove in a report that the deadly virus emerged from the Wuhan Institute of Virology.

People walk past a display introducing winter sporting events for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at a temple fair at Longtan Park in Beijing.
People walk past a display introducing winter sporting events for the upcoming 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics at a temple fair at Longtan Park in Beijing.
AP

According to Rep. Michael McCaul, “a preponderance of the evidence proves that all roads lead” to the lab, and he went on to say, ““It is our belief the virus leaked sometime in late August or early September 2019.”

In his op-ed, Ratcliffe provides his “informed opinion” that the breakout originated at the Wuhan lab, writing, “I had access to all of the U.S. government’s most sensitive intelligence related to the pandemic. My informed opinion is that the lab leak theory isn’t just a ‘possibility,’ at the very least it is more like a probability, if not very close to a certainty.” 

Last week China rejected a plan from the World Health Organization to investigate the lab leak theory.

A worker stands in front of the National Ski Jumping Centre, one of the venues for Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
A worker stands in front of the National Ski Jumping Centre, one of the venues for Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
ROMAN PILIPEY/EPA-EFE/Shuttersto

The WHO is just one of many organizations and scientists who have changed their minds in the recent months about the origin of the virus, by now admitting a leak is possible.

In addition to Ratcliffe’s call to move the Olympics over the Chinese Communist Party’s Covid lies, last week a bipartisan amendment was pushed in the House of Representatives to force a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 games, co-sponsored by Democrat Rep. Tom Malinowski and Republican Rep. Michael Waltz. The effort would punish China for human rights violations.

China was awarded the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in 2015. If held there, Beijing would become the first city to ever have hosted both a summer and winter games, after being home to the former in 2008.

A general view athletes' village for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
A general view athletes’ village for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games.
Getty Images

According to Ratcliffe that is not an honor that should be granted to Communist China, writing, “Their entire system is designed to only inspire fealty to their oppressive regime, which rejects equality — and even basic dignity — to minorities living under its rule.”

Source link