Tibetan organization applauds center for diplomatic boycott of 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics

  • Sujal Pradhan, NET Correspondent, Sikkim

The Tibetan Youth Club (TYC) in Gangtok has welcomed the decision by the Union External Affairs (MEA) Ministry to boycott the opening and closing ceremony of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Calling the decision “bold and in favor of humanity”, the TYC expressed its gratitude to the Center for making the relevant decision.

The move came after China chose Qi Fabao, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) regimental commander as the torchbearer for the event. He fought in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh against Indian troops in 2020.

Meanwhile, MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi briefed the media on the diplomatic boycott of the event on Thursday.

The Secretary General of the Tibetan Youth Club, Gangtok – Tenzing Tsepel said, “We are delighted because he is from India, because our spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has always referred to India as our guru. And when we first learned that India was not sending a delegation to the opening and closing ceremonies, we were very happy because we had been asking for it for a long time, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the government Indians and to offer our condolences and respects to the brave soldiers of the Galwan Valley who sacrificed their lives for the nation. It is also a happy time for all Tibetans around the world, including those in Sikkim.

Meanwhile, TYC member Gangtok – Tenzing Chundi said, “We were shocked at first that India could take such a bold step, and I never thought it would happen, but it’s the case, and I thank the Department of External Affairs and the current government in power at the center for taking such a strong and relevant step to honor its soldiers who guard the border, and we appreciate this decision.