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China warns US against boycotting Winter Olympics in Beijing. Jen Psaki says there’s no talk of that.

China warned Wednesday of a “robust” response from the communist nation if the U.S. dares to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but White House press secretary Jen Psaki said there were no discussions about doing such a thing — while acknowledging China’s ongoing genocide of the Uyghurs.

What are the details?

The Associated Press noted Wednesday that “human rights groups are protesting China’s hosting of the games” and “have urged a boycott or other measures to call attention to accusations of Chinese abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans and residents of Hong Kong.”

According to The Daily Wire, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said Tuesday that “part of those Olympics and our thinking will involve close consultations with partners and allies around the world,” in an apparent suggestion that a boycott could be on the table.

In reaction, a representative for the Chinese Communist Party’s Foreign Ministry warned the Biden administration of a “robust Chinese response” at the prospect of boycotting the Beijing Games, the AP reported.

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

Psaki was asked during a news conference about the situation, and she assured the American people that the Biden administration has “not discussed and are not discussing any joint boycott with allies and partners” regarding the Olympics in Beijing.

In a follow-up, a reporter told Psaki, “Understanding what you said, the U.S. position, however, is that China has committed genocide.”

“Yes,” the press secretary replied.

The reporter then asked, “Doesn’t that demand some sort of response or action from the U.S., and what will the U.S. need to see before it fully participates in the Olympics?”

Psaki reiterated that the administration is working with allies “about a range of concerns we have with China’s behavior and their actions, including the genocide of Uyghur Muslims.”

What was the reaction?

Some conservatives reacted with fury over the White House response.

Newsmax reporter Benny Johnson tweeted a video of the exchange with the message, “Biden encouraged the MLB to move the All Star Game out of Atlanta without hesitation but has no problem with the U.S. participating in the Olympics in Beijing. So is it the position of the Biden Administration that the Georgia Voting Law is worse than Genocide?”

Anything else?

Also on Wednesday, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former national security adviser Robert O’Brien, both of the Trump administration, called on the U.S. to boycott what they called the “Genocide Olympics” in China, The Washington Examiner reported.

The Winter Olympics are slated to start in February 2022.

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Team USA to allow Olympic athletes to protest in ‘support of racial and social justice,’ defying IOC rules

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said Thursday it would allow its athletes to protest in “support of racial and social justice.” Demonstrations are strictly prohibited by the International Olympic Committee.

On Dec. 10, which is Human Rights Day, the Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice released a statement: “The Council’s recommendation is built on the foundation that athletes should have the right to peacefully protest and demonstrate against racial and social injustices and to promote human dignity through global sport.”

“In support of this recommendation, the USOPC will not sanction Team USA athletes for respectfully demonstrating in support of racial and social justice for all human beings,” the statement reads. “This decision addresses the responsibility the USOPC has in the application of IOC and IPC rules prohibiting demonstrations at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter declares, “No kind of demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda is permitted in any Olympic sites, venues or other areas.”

The IPC Paralympic Handbook has a similar regulation, known as “Section 2.2.”

The Team USA Council noted, “We want to make unmistakably clear that human rights are not political; yet, they have been politicized both in the U.S. and globally to perpetuate the wrongful and dehumanizing myth of sport as an inherently neutral domain.”

The Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice, which was recently created in June amid the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests, instructed the IOC and IPC to “update guidelines to allow for peaceful actions that specifically advocate for human rights and racial and social justice, and distinguishes those acts from to-be-defined ‘divisive demonstrations’ – including, but not limited to, currently prohibited acts of hate speech, racist propaganda, political statements and discrimination.”

Dr. Yannick Kluch, an assistant professor at Rowan University and external consultant on the Team USA Council’s Protests and Demonstrations Steering Committee, said, “The recommendations, released on International Human Rights Day, work towards centering marginalized voices, particularly those of racially minoritized populations such as Black athletes, in the global sport community by clearly capturing how peaceful protests and demonstrations are a fundamental human right and can serve as a moral compass in promoting human dignity through global sport.”

Moushaumi Robinson, chair of the Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice and 2004 Olympic gold medalist in track and field, released a statement: “The Team USA Council on Racial and Social Justice provided its recommendation to the USOPC, NGBs, IOC and IPC in an effort to show the power and duty athletes have to build a more inclusive world through sport. The Council believes the diversity of Team USA athletes is our strength, and that this recommendation can be a catalyst for change.”

USOPC CEO Sarah Hirshland said, “The USOPC values the voices of Team USA athletes and believes that their right to advocate for racial and social justice, and be a positive force for change, absolutely aligns with the fundamental values of equality that define Team USA and the Olympic and Paralympic movements.”

The IOC Athlete Commission is “soliciting feedback,” and likely to provide an update in 2021.

The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo have been delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic and are rescheduled from July 23 to Aug. 8, 2021.

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2020 Olympics to be postponed — ‘likely to 2021’ — IOC source tells USA Today

USA Today reported Monday that a veteran member of the International Olympic Committee told the paper that the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games are going to be postponed “likely to 2021” and that the details are still being hammered out.

What’s happening?

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to make its way around the globe and pretty much every major sporting event being canceled or postponed, it was only a matter of time until the IOC had to announce a decision on what was going to happen with the 2020 Olympics that were scheduled to begin July 24.

According to USA Today, longtime IOC member Dick Pound said the decision to postpone “has been decided.” All that’s left, according to Pound, is to nail down the particulars over the next few weeks.

“On the basis of the information the IOC has, postponement has been decided,” Pound told the paper. “The parameters going forward have not been determined, but the Games are not going to start on July 24, that much I know.”

IOC President Thomas Bach said Sunday that the committee was going to take the next four weeks to decide the fate of the 2020 Games and that he was determined not to cancel the event. Bach wrote a letter to the athlete community, USA Today reported, saying the committee would look for other ways to hold the Games, even if they had to be postponed.

In response to the letter, according to the outlet, multiple countries and entities indicated that, unless the Tokyo Games were postponed, they would not send a delegation. Those countries included Germany, Canada, Australia, Norway, and Brazil. The Paralympic Committee also said it would not send athletes to Tokyo if the games were not suspended.

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Olympic torch lighting ceremony will be closed to spectators because of the coronavirus outbreak

As the world’s top athletes get ready for the upcoming Summer Olympic games in Toyko, Japan, the ceremonial lighting of the Olympic torch will be closed to the public as a result of the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak.

According to a Monday announcement from the Hellenic Olympic Committee — the olympic body of Greece— this Thursday’s torch-lighting ceremony in Ancient Olympia “will be held without the presence of spectators and will be attended by only 100 accredited guests from the International Olympic Committee and the Tokyo 2020 Organizing Committee.”

Additionally, the committee said that Wednesday’s dress rehearsal would be closed to the public and the press, but that media credentials “will be allocated to ensure coverage of the lighting ceremony” the following day. A follow-up announcement from the committee on Wednesday says that the dress rehearsal “took place today without any problems.”

Reuters reports that this will be the first time since 1984 that the ceremony — which usually draws “several thousand spectators” — will take place without a public audience.

The lighting of the olympic flame takes place months before the Olympic games actually begin in the host country. At the ceremony, the flame is traditionally lit by an actress dressed a high priestess via the ancient method of concentrating the suns rays with a parabolic mirror. Once the torch is ablaze, a series of relay runners take it through Greece and the host country to the site of the games for the opening ceremony, according to the Tokyo 2020 games’ website.

The decision to bar spectators from the torch lighting ceremony came just one day after the country’s Health Ministry announced a two-week moratorium on fans attending sporting events and school field trips as the country in an effort to slow the spread of the virus.

In its Monday announcement, the HOC also urged “the Mayors of the cities through which the Olympic Flame will pass or stay overnight to follow the instructions of the Ministry of Health and the National Public Health Organization.”

As of Wednesday afternoon, Greece had 90 confirmed cases of the virus and zero deaths, according to numbers from Johns Hopkins University.

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Transgender marathoner doesn’t qualify for Olympics, loses to over 200 biological females at trial race

A biological male identifying as a woman will not be a part of the U.S. Olympic women’s marathon team this summer.

The U.S. Olympic marathon trials for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, were held over the weekend on a windy Saturday in Atlanta. And while the the three men and three women who will represent the United States of America have been chosen, the first transgender athlete to compete in the trial didn’t make the cut.

Last month, news broke that Megan Youngren, a biological male who identifies as female, had become the first openly transgender athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials. The Sports Illustrated coverage of the athlete’s story notes that Youngren started taking hormones in 2011 and publicly came out as transgender in 2012.

According to ESPN, Youngren came in behind 229 biological women in 230th place with a marathon time of 2 hours, 50 minutes, 27 seconds. The women’s field for the trial race consisted of 390 Olympic hopefuls.

“People will try to put it down by saying, ‘That’s too easy because you’re trans,'” Youngren told Sports Illustrated last month. “But what about the 500 other women who will qualify? There’s probably someone with the exact same story. I trained hard. I got lucky. I dodged injuries. I raced a lot, and it worked out for me. That’s the story for a lot of other people, too.”

However, in order to compete in the trial, Youngren had to comply with the transgender competition rules put forward by the International Olympic Committee and followed by USA Track and Field, which were put in place to address concerns that biological males identifying as transgender could unfairly upend women’s competitions.

While biological women who identify as male can compete in men’s events without restriction, the policy imposes the following conditions on biological males who wish to compete with biological women:

2.1. The athlete has declared that her gender identity is female. The declaration cannot be changed, for sporting purposes, for a minimum of four years.
2.2.The athlete must demonstrate that her total testosterone level in serum has been below 10 nmol/L for at least 12 months prior to her first competition (with the requirement for any longer period to be based on a confidential case-by-case evaluation, considering whether or not 12 months is a sufficient length of time to minimize any advantage in women’s competition).
2.3.The athlete’s total testosterone level in serum must remain below 10nmol/L throughout the period of desired eligibility to compete in the female category.
2.4.Compliance with these conditions may be monitored by testing. In the event of non-compliance, the athlete’s eligibility for female competition will be suspended for 12 months.

The three women who qualified for marathon team were Aliphine Tuliamuk, with a finish time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 23 seconds; Molly Seidel with a finish time of 2 hours, 27 minutes, 31 seconds and Sally Kipyego who finished at 2 hours, 28 minutes, 52 seconds.

But despite not qualifying, Youngren recalled receiving an outpouring of support from other people at the event, ESPN reported.

“It’s always weird when someone comes up to you and says, ‘Hey, I read about you. I heard about you.’ But then also goes, ‘Good work. I’m glad you’re here,'” Youngren told ESPN. “It’s gratifying. It’s totally bizarre, also, because I’m just some person.”

The first transgender athlete to actually make the U.S. national team was duathlete Chris Mosier, a biological woman who identifies as male. Mosier competed in the men’s Oilympic trial for race walking in late January, but had to pull out of the race early due to a knee injury.

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US Olympic marathon trials to include first transgender athlete, a biological male competing with women

Megan Youngren, a biological male who transitioned to become a transgender female, will become the first openly transgender athlete to qualify for the U.S. Olympic marathon trials later this month, according to Sports Illustrated.

Youngren, who came out as transgender in 2012 and finalized her official paperwork for the transition in 2019, meets the International Olympic Committee standard of testosterone levels allowable for biological men to compete as transgender women.

USATF says that it follows the (somewhat controversial) rules set forth by the International Olympic Committee in regards to transgender qualifiers or entrants for the Olympic marathon trials. A transgender female athlete must demonstrate that her testosterone level in serum is below 10 nanomoles per liter for at least 12 months before competition and must remain below that level for the period of desired eligibility to compete as a woman. The IOC has been planning to implement stricter guidelines that could lower the testosterone levels in serum to 5 nanomoles per liter.

Youngren, who has been working with the same doctor since 2013, has levels that are well below either standard, which were last measured at below 2 nmol/L when tested.

Youngren began seriously running in 2013, and pushes back against the claim that qualifying for the women’s trials is easier due to being born male.

“People will try to put it down by saying, ‘That’s too easy because you’re trans,'” Youngren said. “But what about the 500 other women who will qualify? There’s probably someone with the exact same story. I trained hard. I got lucky. I dodged injuries. I raced a lot, and it worked out for me. That’s the story for a lot of other people, too.”

The issue of whether biological males who become transgender women should be able to compete against biological women in sports is far from settled. In Connecticut, some high school girls’ runners have filed a federal lawsuit to prevent transgender girls from being able to compete, citing the inherent unfairness of such an arrangement.

“Our dream is not to come in second or third place, but to win, fair and square,” student Chelsea Mitchell said. “All we’re asking for is a fair chance.”