Iran Denounces ‘Politicization of Sport’ by US, UK – Politics news

“Whether it’s ‘diplomatic boycott’ of #Beijing22, or depriving Iranian teams from accessing financial resources, everyone should denounce politicization of sport,” the spokesman of Iranian foreign ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, adding, “Looking forward to participation in the event, we express solidarity with China that is targeted by smear campaign.”The diplomat’s expression of support for the major international…

“Whether it’s ‘diplomatic boycott’ of #Beijing22, or depriving Iranian teams from accessing financial resources, everyone should denounce politicization of sport,” the spokesman of Iranian foreign ministry Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote in a post on his Twitter account on Thursday, adding, “Looking forward to participation in the event, we express solidarity with China that is targeted by smear campaign.”

The diplomat’s expression of support for the major international sport event came days after China reacted strongly to reports that US President Joe Biden is contemplating “a diplomatic boycott” of the event, describing the scheme as “a naked political provocation.”

“The Winter Olympics is not a stage for political show and political manipulation,” spokesman Zhao Lijian told a daily news briefing on Monday.

He said a diplomatic boycott would be “a serious stain on the spirit of the Olympic Charter” as well as “a naked political provocation, and a serious offense to the 1.4 billion Chinese people.”

After the formal announcement of the US boycott by White…

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