Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), took the stage of the CCTV Spring Festival Gala to support the Beijing Winter Olympics and praise China’s iron fist for epidemic prevention.
He has praised the Chinese regime in the past few days and has been welcomed with open arms.
However, he has not kept his promise to ask Beijing to meet tennis star Peng Shuai in person.
Last November, Peng Shuai accused former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli of sexually assaulting her on a Chinese Twitter-like platform called Weibo.
The post was deleted in less than 20 minutes, and the three-time Olympian was not seen again for over two weeks.
Peng allegedly retracted the charges last month, but questions have been raised about the validity of her remarks and her capacity to talk freely.
According to Radio Free Asia, critics blamed Bach for becoming a tool of Beijing for whitewashing its guilt, as his behavior is against the spirit of the Olympics. Critics also call for the removal of the International Olympic Committee from the United Nations.
On New Year’s Eve on Monday, January 31st, IOC President Bach gave an interview to Xinhua News Agency, during which he praised China for its great success in preventing the epidemic. Furthermore, he said that Beijing’s Winter Olympics are on schedule and demonstrate China’s strength.
Bach’s video was set against the backdrop of the Bird’s Nest, Beijing’s main stadium in 2008 and the venue for the opening ceremony of this year’s Winter Olympics.
He began by greeting the audience in Chinese and called the Year of the Tiger the Olympics Year in English. Afterward, he called on everyone to celebrate the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The Chinese official media hyped this up, saying that Bach’s greeting was the biggest highlight of the Spring Festival Gala. It is the first time that the CCTV Spring Festival Gala and the International Olympic Committee have linked up to share the joy of the Olympic Games with the national audience.
Zhou Fengsuo is a Chinese human rights activist, investor, and former student leader during the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. He is currently the president of Humanitarian China and Co-founder of the China Human Rights Accountability Center.
Zhou told RFA that the Spring Festival Gala is a stage for the Chinese regime’s political brainwashing, and Bach’s willingness to appear on this platform proves that he has become a complete tool for Beijing’s guilt whitewashing. Bach stands up for the dictatorship and helps the Chinese regime cover its evil deeds.
Zhou Fengsuo also said that the Peng Shuai case had attracted international attention. Thomas Bach has played a dishonorable role in the incident as he has not fulfilled his promise to meet directly with Peng after arriving in Beijing.
He said that Bach had not mentioned Peng Shuai at all up to now.
Teng Biao is a human rights activist, lawyer, visiting scholar at Hunter College of the City University of New York. He said in an interview with RFA that some organizations have proposed canceling the IOC’s observer status at the United Nations and stripping it of its tax-exempt status, given that the IOC and Bach have helped the Chinese regime whitewash its human rights atrocities.
Teng Biao said that Thomas Bach is fully aware of the Chinese regime’s human rights atrocities in Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang. Still, he has even taken the initiative to endorse the Chinese regime.
According to Teng Biao, the repeated shameful performances of the IOC, including Bach himself, are totally against the international Olympic spirit.