The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced on Thursday that India will not participate in the opening or closing ceremony of the 17-day long 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. The decision has been taken after China chose a military commander involved in the Galwan Valley conflict to carry its torch for the mega sporting event. By doing this, China wants to honor that soldier in a way.
“Sorry that China has decided to politicize the Olympics. Indian envoys will not attend the opening or closing ceremony of Beijing Winter Olympics,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in a press conference.
At the same time, after the announcement of the Ministry of External Affairs, Prasar Bharati chief Shashi Shekhar Vempati also announced that DD Sports will not telecast the opening and closing ceremonies of the Winter Olympics.
On June 15, 2020 The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) regiment commander involved in conflict with India in Galwan Valley was selected by China to carry the Winter Olympic torch in Beijing. Disputes on the Eastern Ladakh border line escalated after the Galwan Valley skirmishes on June 15, 2020.
In one of the most serious military clashes between the two sides in decades, 20 Indian Army personnel sacrificed their lives in this incident.
In February last year, China officially acknowledged that five Chinese military officers and soldiers had been killed in clashes with the Indian Army, although it is widely believed that the death toll was higher.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan, and 30 heads of state and international organizations are scheduled to attend the opening ceremony, which is being diplomatically boycotted by the US, the European Union and several other countries. , to expose allegations of human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in China’s restive Xinjiang province.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has left for China on a four-day official visit to attend the inauguration ceremony and meet the country’s top leadership, including President Xi Jinping.