Pelosi: Athletes Should Not Anger ‘Ruthless’ Chinese Government at Olympics

Pelosi: Athletes Should Not Anger 'Ruthless' Chinese Government at Olympics Pelosi: Athletes Should Not Anger 'Ruthless' Chinese Government at Olympics A Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics logo is displayed near the perimeter fence in the grounds of the main press centre on January 24, 2022 in Beijing, China. With just over one week to go until the opening ceremony final preparations are being made in Beijing ahead of the forthcoming 2022 Winter Olympics. (Carl Court/Getty)

Reuters Thursday, 03 February 2022 11:04 AM

U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that the United States had a moral duty to condemn China's rights abuses, but urged U.S. athletes not to risk angering the "ruthless" Chinese government, a day before the opening of the Beijing Olympics.

Pelosi, speaking at a Congressional-Executive Commission on China hearing, said the International Olympic Committee "turns a blind eye" to Beijing's rights violations.

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