First Tibet-based athletes to compete in Winter Games – Archyde

Preparing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

Preparing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

BEIJING (Reuters) – Two Tibet-based athletes will become the first from China’s western border region to compete in Winter Olympics next month after qualifying for Beijing, state news agency Xinhua reported on Wednesday.

Five participants from China’s western Xinjiang region are also taking part in the games, local media reported, including two ethnic Kazakhs, one Uyghur, one Kyrgyz and one from China’s Han majority.

Overseas Tibetan and Uyghur rights groups have called for an international boycott of the Beijing Olympics, which begin on February 4, in order to ring to protest -protest-beijing-games-2021-12-11 against alleged human rights violations in Tibet and the Muslim-majority Xinjiang region.

China denies any rights violations and says it opposes the “politicization” of sport.

Tibetans Yongqing Lamu and Ciren Zhandui, both 18, will compete in snowboarding and cross-country skiing, respectively, Xinhua said.

The report did not specify their ethnicity, but both have Tibetan-sounding names and were born in the Tibet Autonomous Region, where ethnic Tibetans make up over 80% of the population.

(Reporting by Yew Lun Tian; Editing by John Stonestreet)

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