Olympian and U.S. Senate candidate in Colorado, Eli Bremer, fully supports diplomatic boycott of 2022 Olympic Games
Bremer, who competed in the last Olympics held in China, encourages athletes to use their voice on human rights atrocities
December 6, 2021
(COLORADO SPRINGS, CO) – Eli Bremer, Olympian and United States Senate candidate in Colorado, fully supports the diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games in China. Furthermore, he encourages and supports any U.S. Olympian who uses their platform to shed light on the human rights atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party before, during, and after the Olympics. A diplomatic boycott would keep American diplomats and dignitaries from attending, but athletes would still be allowed to compete. Sen. Michael Bennet, the Chair of the Olympic Caucus, has yet to advocate or take a stand on this issue.
“Having competed in the last Olympics hosted in Beijing, I vehemently support a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games,” stated Bremer. “We must stand up to the Chinese Communist Party but also respect and celebrate the hard work of athletes across the globe. The best, and most forceful, show of American supremacy is to have our athletes dominate in the most respected competition in the world. America must respond as the Chinese Communist Party continues to persecute Uyghurs, attack democracy in Hong Kong, and increase encroachment on Taiwan.
“That said, a full boycott would substantially harm our US Olympic heroes, who train their whole lives and depend on competing in the Olympics for a very small financial payday. While others have suggested moving the Games, it is immensely complicated and unsafe for athletes to change venues at the last minute. The most impactful action would be for American athletes to compete in China, dominate the competition, then utilize their platform to express their disgust at the atrocities the Chinese Communist Party commits.”
Bremer has worked extensively in China, including in Ürümqi where many Uyghurs live, and he represented the United States at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. During the Olympics, Eli participated in “Team Darfur” which was a coalition of more than 200 international athletes seeking to protest and raise awareness about the genocide in Darfur and the Chinese involvement in those atrocities.