“Shameful, regrettable” – Indian diplomats skip Winter Olympics after China makes Galwan PLA soldier torchbearer

Qi Fabao, the regimental commander of the People's Liberation Army Xinjiang military command, suffered a serious head injury during the Galwan valley clash.

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics
2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

China faced massive criticism on social media ahead of the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in their capital city, Beijing. The Chinese army’s regimental commander Qi Fabao, who was severely injured in the violent faceoff with Indian troops in Galwan valley in June 2020, became the torchbearer at the Beijing Games.

This move is a clear indication that Beijing 2020 has been politicized while many officials and experts on this topic, didn’t shy away from calling out the same. Meanwhile, one of the top lawmakers from the powerful US Senate Foreign Relations Committee has condemned China’s decision to make an army officer the torchbearer for the Beijing Winter Olympics.

It’s shameful that Beijing chose a torchbearer for the Olympics 2022 who’s part of the military command that attacked India in 2020 and is implementing genocide against the Uyghurs. The US will continue to support Uyghur freedoms and the sovereignty of India,” tweeted Jim Risch, US Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) calls for boycott diplomatic boycott of Beijing 2020

Calling the decision “regrettable”, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, during his weekly media briefing, announced that India’s top diplomat will not attend the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics in Beijing. 

He said, “Yes, we have seen the reports on this issue. It is indeed regrettable that the Chinese side has chosen to politicize an event like the Olympics.”

“I wish to inform that the Charge d’Affaires of the Embassy of India in Beijing will not be attending the opening or the closing ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics,” he added.

Also Read | Winter Olympics: Who are Team USA flag bearers for the opening ceremony?