U.S. officials and international human rights groups are concerned for the safety of Olympic athletes in China.
A Chinese government official warned about “punishment” for competitors if they speak out on political issues at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.
Yang Shu, deputy director of international relations for the Beijing organizing committee, said any speech against the Olympic spirit or Chinese laws would be “subject to certain punishment.”
Shu did not ease concerns at a press conference Tuesday when saying the International Olympic Committee Rule 50 does include some speech regulations.
Athletes cannot freely express their opinions at the medal ceremonies, but can in press conferences or interviews, Shu said.