Organizers of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics have chosen two people, skiers Dinigeer Yilamujiang and Zhao Jiawen, to light the snowflake-shaped Olympic cauldron on Friday, formally opening the games.
atlit wanita china yg menjadi salah satu pembawa obor terakhir, yg ikut menaruh obor di snowflake adalah dinigeer yilamujiang, atlit ski cross-country dari altay, xinjiang.
gegara asalnya, dia sekarang jadi populer di media2 amerika y g dengan cepat menyabet berita sensional. pic.twitter.com/oqz1lzpivm
— daemoen (@mentimoen) February 4, 2022
Dinigeer’s choice is significant because, according to Chinese officials, Dinigeer is of Uyghur heritage and Zhao recounts his heritage from the ruling Han party.
Uyghur Muslims are a minority ethnic group in the western region of Xinjiang, China, where the Chinese government has been accused of human rights violations. The United States and the United Kingdom have accused the Chinese government of genocide against the Uyghurs.
This diplomatic battle spilled over into the world of sport, with many calling for a boycott of the Chinese-hosted Olympics over its treatment of Uyghur ethnic minorities. Ultimately, there were no athlete boycotts of the event, but several governments including the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom, Japan, and several European countries enacted diplomatic boycotts of the Beijing 2022 Games, opting not to send political delegations to the event. . .
the best of usa. uu. officials also did not attend the 2014 olympics due to russia’s discriminatory policies against lgbtq people.
US President Joe Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, a former college swimmer, said in December that mass detention camps and a campaign of forced sterilization against Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities were the drivers behind the decision to the united states.
on friday, as opening ceremonies were taking place at beijing’s olympic stadium, known as “the bird’s nest”, first built for the 2008 games, politicians from across the political spectrum and from all The world spoke out against China’s treatment of ethnic minorities like the Uyghurs.
China has denied those claims, including banning BBC broadcasters last year over accusations from the UK government.
Like all Olympics opening ceremonies, Friday’s was filled with hype for the host nation, one of the main reasons countries keep bidding on otherwise usually losing Olympics .
The apparent message from the Chinese government was a demonstration that they do not discriminate against ethnic minorities, but in most of the world, they seem to have drawn attention to their actions in xianjiang.
Chinese artist Ai Weiwei criticized the IOC and the Chinese government in an interview with CNN on Friday. ai inquired about the construction of the Bird’s Nest Stadium that hosted Friday’s ceremonies.
the IOC “never remained in a neutral position. they are always on the side of the authoritarian, or of business; business is the first goal for them,” he told cnn’s christiane amanpour. “Since the 2008 Olympics they have been working with government propaganda, and this time they are even more so. They are, you know, ignoring the safety and well-being of China’s top athletes, but rather to be part of a propaganda state, which is quite sad.”
The Olympic cauldron lighter is usually kept for someone extremely important in the country of origin. he’s often a retired athlete, rising star, or sometimes a non-athlete (although that has been rare in recent years). most of the speculation focused on well-known Chinese Winter Olympians from the past, but two young, active athletes were chosen instead.
dinigeer, who began his career as a track & A cross-country athlete, he is the first Chinese cross-country ski medalist in any fis-level event, while Zhao is a 21-year-old biathlete. zhao competes in the nordic combined event (combining cross country and ski jumping).
both are considered long shots of winning medals.
The final stretches as the torch approached the stadium included Olympic diver ding ning, who won gold at the 2016 Olympics and silver in 2012, former NBA star yao ming and actor jackie chan.
last summer at the tokyo 2020 summer olympics, tennis player naomi osaka lit the torch.