SHANGHAI: China warns nearly each day towards “politicising” this week’s Beijing Olympics, however for its rulers, hosting the Games has all the time been about way over sport and the medal rely.
Even underneath the shadow of a pandemic, Western accusations of genocide towards Muslim minorities and diplomatic boycotts, staging the Olympics is about global status for China and its ruling Communist Party, analysts say.
Beijing 2022’s difficulties might even improve the nation’s inventory, consultants say. Hosting what it calls “a safe and splendid” Games in a pandemic will enhance China’s claims that its relative success controlling COVID-19 illustrates the prevalence of its top-down governing strategy.
China’s frequent criticisms about Western nations politicising sport is “at the very least ironic, if not completely hypocritical”, stated Steve Tsang, director of the China Institute at SOAS University of London.
“The fact they are using the Olympic Games as a major political event to project China’s international image – which is a separate political act – is completely ignored.”
China has not all the time insisted on separating sport and politics.
After the newly based People’s Republic of China competed in the 1952 Helsinki Games, it then sat out the following quarter century, initially in protest towards the presence of athletes from political rival Taiwan, though home upheaval underneath Mao Zedong was additionally a significant component.
China returned in 1980 at Lake Placid, however later that 12 months it joined the handfuls of nations who skipped the Moscow Summer Olympics following the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.