In the debate about a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games in Beijing, human rights commissioner Luise Amtsberg would have liked the German government “as a whole” to take a clear position.
“The situation in China is completely contrary to the founding idea of the Olympic Games,” said the Green politician to the “Redaktionsnetzwerk Deutschland”. “Sport and politics cannot be separated in relation to such major events,” Amtsberg added.
Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock (Greens) and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser (SPD) had already announced at the end of December that they would not be traveling to the games in Beijing. However, both made it clear that these were personal decisions that had nothing to do with the fundamental political decision on a diplomatic boycott. Chancellor Olaf Scholz (SPD) recently referred to the incomplete formation of opinion in the EU.
Amtsberg called for checks to be carried out when awarding the Olympic Games to see whether human rights were being observed in the candidate country. “If that’s not the case in a country, it cannot be considered as a venue,” she said. The obligation to morally evaluate the hosts should not be imposed on the athletes.
Amtsberg assured that the idea behind the Olympic Games was great, despite the criticism of organizers such as China or Russia. “The idea of peaceful competition. We shouldn’t leave the games to countries like China or Kazakhstan. Instead, we should consider sustainable concepts,” warned the 37-year-old.