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Winter Olympic boycott chatter shouldn't go any further

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17.04.2021

It may have been a slip of the tongue, or perhaps a bit of miscommunication in a new administration.

That’s little consolation to hundreds of potential Olympians around the country. Just to hear chatter in the nation’s capital about a possible boycott of the Winter Olympics in China had to be enough to alarm athletes already deep in preparation for the games.

Thankfully, there doesn’t seem to be any groundswell of support for the idea of boycotting the games, which are scheduled to take place just 10 months from now. The U.S. State Department suggested earlier this month that an Olympic boycott was among the possibilities because of human rights issues in China, but a senior official said later that keeping the U.S. team home has not been discussed.

Here’s hoping it doesn’t enter the conversation again.

“For an Olympic athlete, a boycott is an absolute tragedy,’’ track great Edwin Moses said. “We only get that one shot every four years.’’

Moses hasn’t run in an Olympics since 1988, though he’s got a unique insight into boycotts. When he was dominating the 400-meter hurdles for the better part of two decades he seemed to run into one every time he set his sights on the Olympics.

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