Boycott the China Winter Games, by Taynia-Renee Laframboise

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By Taynia-Renee Laframboise, The Catholic Thing, Aug. 10, 2021

T. Franche dite Laframboise is a writer, speaker, and scripture scholar with degrees from Marquette and Notre Dame. She specializes in theological anthropology and patristic exegesis and welcomes all questions and comments. ..

Taynia-Renee LaframboiseThere is a group of Carmelites, dear to my heart, whom I remember every time the Olympics roll around. These cloistered nuns never watched television – save for the Olympics. They said it embodied the most inspirational parts of the human spirit, both in body and mind.

I myself permanently quit watching after the “Two Koreas” joined forces to put on their opening ceremonies in 2018. Either you are mortal enemies, and the South needs our money and blood to protect it – or it doesn’t. The propaganda to rehabilitate the murderous legacy of the Kim family ruined the sportsmanship.

Now that the Japan Summer Games have ended, the 2022 Winter Games in China are on the horizon. And the importance of whether I or anyone else will watch come 2022 shrinks in comparison to whether the National Teams will boycott competing in the Games (or even better, force the IOC to move them entirely). That is the greater question. Except it really ought not even be a matter for debate. ….

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