UPDATED 8:22 AM PT – Wednesday, November 24, 2021
Human Rights Watch has criticized the International Olympic Committee for kneeling to communist China. The organization called committee President Thomas Bach “shameful” for his recent video call with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.
Today, IOC President Thomas Bach, the Chair of the IOC Athletes' Commission, Emma Terho, and IOC Member in China, Li Lingwei, held a video call with three-time Olympian Peng Shuai from China.
— Athlete365 (@Athlete365) November 21, 2021
It was Peng’s first appearance since mysteriously disappearing after accusing a high ranking Communist Party official of sexual assault. Political science professor Jules Boykoff accused Bach of participating in Chinese propaganda.
“Instead, he appears to have shoved the key issue of serious claims of sexual abuse off to the side while simultaneously making his goal very clear, which was to create a flimsy cover story for Chinese authorities so that the games could go on,” she stated.
Beijing is currently slated to host the 2022 Winter Olympic games.