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Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« on: December 08, 2021, 01:12:38 PM »

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-beijing-olympics-athletes-will-still-compete-1.5698625

Have to be honest, I think this is pretty gutless. Nobody cares about a diplomatic presence at the Olympics. By sending the Athletes you're effectively endorsing the games.
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #1 on: December 08, 2021, 01:22:36 PM »

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-beijing-olympics-athletes-will-still-compete-1.5698625

Have to be honest, I think this is pretty gutless. Nobody cares about a diplomatic presence at the Olympics. By sending the Athletes you're effectively endorsing the games.
Agree.

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2021, 01:49:37 PM »
How about an actual boycott?

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2021, 02:06:41 PM »

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-beijing-olympics-athletes-will-still-compete-1.5698625

Have to be honest, I think this is pretty gutless. Nobody cares about a diplomatic presence at the Olympics. By sending the Athletes you're effectively endorsing the games.

The only thing I would say is its tough for the athletes themselves to lose out on the opportunity as the Olympics so boycotting hurts them pretty hard.  I feel bad for the athletes in that situation.

I don't care about NHL players (at this point I think they should just not go) but it sucks for the more typical "amateur" athletes.

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2021, 02:16:21 PM »
The only thing I would say is its tough for the athletes themselves to lose out on the opportunity as the Olympics so boycotting hurts them pretty hard.  I feel bad for the athletes in that situation.

I understand that and I want to be as sympathetic as I can to them but it's important to remember this isn't being done because of, like, a trade dispute over soybean prices. Drawing a line at an active genocide feels like maybe it's not the time to feel too bad about what it does to your skiing career?
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #5 on: December 08, 2021, 02:24:04 PM »

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/canada-announces-diplomatic-boycott-of-beijing-olympics-athletes-will-still-compete-1.5698625

Have to be honest, I think this is pretty gutless. Nobody cares about a diplomatic presence at the Olympics. By sending the Athletes you're effectively endorsing the games.

The only thing I would say is its tough for the athletes themselves to lose out on the opportunity as the Olympics so boycotting hurts them pretty hard.  I feel bad for the athletes in that situation.

I don't care about NHL players (at this point I think they should just not go) but it sucks for the more typical "amateur" athletes.

100%. But it also sucks for humans to be held in concentration camps.  :-\

Full blame goes to the IOC for giving them the games (again).

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #6 on: December 09, 2021, 12:06:47 PM »
We empower China every time we buy something.
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #7 on: December 09, 2021, 03:12:02 PM »
We empower China every time we buy something.
I'm really annoyed with this kind of thinking. If everything was viewed upstream we wouldn't even be talking about individuals purchasing things from China because more manufacturers would've diversified elsewhere.

Auto manufacturers produce gas cars and fingers get pointed at the individual. Companies over use packaging and plastics, but you know who's at fault? The individual. This is absolutely ludicrous.

If we want to stop empowering China our corporations need to put people over profits. But hey, free market capitalism and the invisible hand of the market always allocates capital in the most correct way.

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #8 on: February 09, 2022, 09:11:53 AM »
This gem is from the 2006 winter games
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #9 on: February 09, 2022, 09:22:00 AM »
Some shenanigans going on in speed skating handing gold medals to China. 

Then Russian figure skating is involved in a doping issue.

The Olympics really are a mess.

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #10 on: February 11, 2022, 06:24:01 PM »
Jeez
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #11 on: February 11, 2022, 07:00:44 PM »

Not sure if that's more symbolic of Julien or these Olympics but either way, bellissimo.
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2022, 10:50:38 AM »
Canada over-relied on older players and it didn't pay off. Lost 2-0 to Sweden in the semi-finals so no medal for the Men's team.

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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2022, 10:51:32 AM »
No USA/Canada after the Olympic quarterfinal is a bit surprising but then again maybe not.
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Re: Canada Joins Diplomatic Boycott of Winter Olympics
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2022, 11:13:07 AM »
Canada over-relied on older players and it didn't pay off. Lost 2-0 to Sweden in the semi-finals so no medal for the Men's team.
USA went with younger players and it didn't pay off for them too. Safe to say neither had the best mix. The old guys for Canada, were....old. Maybe it's just me but actually thought the most dangerous player with the puck was Ho-Sang, but don't think he really had anyone to play with. I also got that feeling sometimes watching him at Marlies games. He's at a different level if you know what I mean. Hoping he's back in time for next Monday's Marlies game!