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Nik:

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.

Guilt Trip:

--- Quote from: Nik 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.

--- End quote ---
Agree.

Dappleganger:
How about an actual boycott?

L K:

--- Quote from: Nik 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.

--- End quote ---

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.

Nik:

--- Quote from: L K on December 08, 2021, 02:06:41 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.

--- End quote ---

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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