The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced Wednesday it will not challenge 2022 Winter Olympic Games host China over its human rights record, claiming the governing body’s remit is purely about sport and not dictating to sovereign countries.
When asked about the treatment of minority Muslim Uyghurs in China, IOC Vice President John Coates told an audience in his home country Australia the body simply has no mandate to act.
“We are not a world government. We have to respect the sovereignty of the countries who are hosting the games,” Coates said, taking a stand against a growing world clamor for the event to be boycotted.
Rights groups believe at least one million Uyghurs and members of other mostly Muslim minorities have been incarcerated