This time, the decision has been made, no member of the Federal Council will officially represent Switzerland in Beijing during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics. The Swiss Government evokes the problems linked to the pandemic: “Due to the uncertain health situation in Switzerland and measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic in China, which prevent substantial bilateral meetings and contacts with Swiss athletes, the Federal Council has decided to give up traveling to the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games 2022 from Beijing”.
We expected it a bit since the President of the Confederation, Ignazio Cassis, had hinted that he was not hot to go, any more than the head of sports, Viola Amherd. Let us recall that the president had declared before Parliament that Switzerland would not join the diplomatic boycott of the Anglo-Saxon countries as suggested by the group of the Greens. Beijing Olympics, without offending China.
The decision was taken on Wednesday and the press release ends with: “The Federal Council will encourage our athletes from Switzerland”. 162 of them will participate in these Olympic games which will take place from February 4 to March 13.
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