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Commentary: Beijing 2022 boycott******

BEIJING, Oct. 27 (Xinhua) -- With the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games now less than 100 days away, China is ready to welcome athletes from around the world to showcase their performances on ice and snow, and athletes are sweating on their preparations ahead of the four-yearly sporting extravaganza.

Less than half a year after the conclusion of the Tokyo Olympic Games, which was postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Olympic family will reconvene in China, under the new Olympic motto of "Faster, Higher, Stronger - Together" in a world where the pandemic still rages.

But there are also some distractions, as a handful of people have called for a boycott of the 2022 Games, which is a total contradiction to the fundamental logic behind the Olympic Games and is used merely as a tool for politicization.

The Olympic Charter is the codification of the Fundamental Principles of Olympism, Rules and Bye-laws adopted by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), and governs the organization, action and operation of the Olympic Movement and sets forth the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games.

Known as the world's greatest celebration of humanity, the Olympic Games are the exclusive property of the IOC, as stated in the Olympic Charter.

"The honor and responsibility of hosting the Olympic Games are entrusted by the IOC, in principle, to a city, which is elected as the host of the Olympic Games," read the latest edition of the Olympic Charter, which took effect as of July 17, 2020.

From this perspective, every host country including China contributes to the Olympic Movement throughout the process of bidding for, preparing for and hosting the Olympic Games.

Therefore, a boycott of Beijing 2022 on so-called human rights grounds is not against China itself, but actually targets the Olympic Movement and the global community.

As Beijing 2022 nears, enthusiasm towards the Games from athletes and sporting organizations has been growing.

John Coates, President of the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC), advised against a boycott of the Olympic Games and reaffirmed that Australian athletes will take part in the Beijing Winter Olympic Games in 2022.

Coates cited IOC President Thomas Bach's remarks that "A boycott of the Olympic Games has never achieved anything" and said he agreed to that.

Coates added that having athletes from all the National Olympic Committees and from the IOC Refugee Olympic Team "united in competition, living together, exchanging opinions, sharing their life stories and dreams - that really matters. What matters even more is the rest of the world watching this. Watching how the Olympics creates an atmosphere of friendship, of understanding, of respect and of solidarity."

And for athletes, four years of hard work is coming to fruition.

"That is something I am dreaming about right now: being able to compete in every event in China," said American alpine skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who has two Olympic gold medals and 70 World Cup victories to her name.

Russian-Polish figure skater Ekaterina Kurakova, who has booked her place at Beijing 2022, expressed her happiness at "the greatest dream come true."

Jenni Saarinen finished fifth in the women's singles event at the 2021 Asian Open Figure Skating Trophy at the Capital Gymnasium, where figure skating and short track speed skating competitions of Beijing 2022 will be hosted.

"Everything here makes me excited. I hope I can compete here next year," said the Finnish.

There are also others who hope to make history at Beijing 2022.

After being named in Great Britain's bobsleigh squad, London 2012 long jump gold medalist Greg Rutherford is aiming to become the first British athlete to win a medal at both Summer and Winter Olympic Games.

After retiring from athletics in 2018, Rutherford has undergone intense training and a series of tests to make into the British bobsleigh squad.

"I know most people believe it is impossible to go from never having attempted a sport to winning an Olympic medal in under a year, but I 100 percent disagree," Rutherford told media.

"I'm coming back, and I intend to make history."

When the Beijing Winter Olympics opens on February 4, 2022, the global community is set to fix their eyes on China and expect a "fantastic, extraordinary and excellent" Games.

For those protesters against the Games, please save your breath and enjoy the sporting show. Enditem


Defiant Biden touts first year, vows to reconnect with voters******


US President Joe Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19 in Washington, DC.。

Joe Biden sought to reset his presidency in a marathon first year press conference on Wednesday, vowing to reconnect with voters and touting successes, while delivering blunt assessments of the "disaster" facing Russia if it attacks Ukraine.。

"Can you think of any other president that's done as much in one year?" Biden asked, ticking off the epic struggle against COVID-19 and trillions of dollars in government funding to save the US economy from pandemic fallout.。

"I don't think there's been much on any incoming president's plate that's been a bigger menu than the plate I had given to me," the Democrat said. "The fact of the matter is, we got a lot done."

Speaking on the eve of the anniversary of his inauguration on January 20, 2021, Biden held only the second White House press conference of his presidency – then surprised many by staying at the podium for one hour and 52 minutes.。

The exchange, according to US media, extended beyond even the longest of the famously rambling – though far more frequent – press conferences held by Donald Trump.。

At various times combative, joking and meandering, Biden rejected criticism over his handling of the pandemic and soaring inflation.。

Asked about his approval ratings, which have sunk into the low 40 percent area, Biden was curt.。

"I don't believe the polls," he said.。

Biden acknowledged missteps since taking over from Trump, citing "a year of challenges."

These included that he "didn't anticipate" the ferocity of Republican obstruction to his agenda in Congress.。

On COVID-19 testing capabilities, which continue to struggle to meet demand, he said "we should have done it quicker."

Biden likewise said he understood "frustration" over steadily rising prices, which he blamed on COVID-related supply chain issues.。

Fighting inflation will be "hard and take a lot of work."

"It's going to be painful for a lot of people," he said, noting that high prices were being felt "at the gas pump, the grocery stores and elsewhere."

Ukraine confusion。

On one of the most traumatic episodes of his presidency – the chaotic and rushed final withdrawal from the 20-year long Afghanistan war – Biden said flatly: "I make no apologies."

"There was no way to get out of Afghanistan after 20 years easily," he declared.。

The press conference, which defied the widely shared image of Biden as shrinking from contact with the media, focused especially heavily on the looming crisis in Ukraine, where the United States is leading Western efforts to find a diplomatic solution to Russia's military posturing on the border.。

Biden said he was ready to meet with Putin and bluntly warned the Kremlin leader that an attack on Ukraine would be "a disaster" for Russia.。

However, Biden raised eyebrows when he appeared to suggest that a small-scale attack by the Russians would prompt much less pushback from the West.。

The White House quickly issued a statement clarifying that what he meant was that any military invasion would prompt a "severe" response, while non-military aggression, like paramilitary attacks, would be met with a "reciprocal" response.。

Powerful Republican Senator Lindsey Graham described Biden's comment as "unnerving."

'Getting out'

With a State of the Union speech to Congress set for March 1, Biden faces a diminishing period to engineer a strategy to fight off a Republican comeback at midterm congressional elections this November.。

Republicans are forecast to crush his party and take control of the legislature.。

That risks bringing two years of complete obstruction from Congress, likely including threats of impeachment and a slew of aggressive committee probes.。

Trump, who continues to perpetuate the lie that he beat Biden in 2020 and seeks to undermine Americans' faith in their election system, is eying an attempt at another presidential run in 2024.。

Biden confirmed he would keep Kamala Harris as his vice presidential running mate in a reelection bid.。

And he said that while Democrats proved unable to use their razor-thin congressional majority to pass two big priorities – the Build Back Better social spending bill and election law reforms – they could instead settle for passing "big chunks" of the legislation.。

A reminder of that failure was coming later Wednesday evening when the Senate was all but certain to block the voting rights reforms.。

Above all, Biden emphasized his desire to leave the confines of the White House after a year featuring a decidedly light travel schedule.。

"Number one: I am getting out of this place more often. I am going to go out and talk to the public," he said.。

"I find myself in a situation where I don't get a chance to look people in the eye, both because of COVID and the situation in Washington," he said, describing how he wanted to "connect with people, let them take a measure of my sincerity."








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