WATCH: Bob Costas Slams Olympic Committee for ‘Aiding and Abetting' China
Added 12-03-21 01:20:03pm EST - “Longtime Olympic Games sportscaster Bob Costas said the International Olympic Committee is "in bed with China" after the organization took the regime's side on the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.” - Freebeacon.com
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Longtime Olympic Games sportscaster Bob Costas said the International Olympic Committee is "in bed with China" after the organization took the regime's side on the disappearance of Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai.
"It was apparent to many of us [during the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games] that the IOC was aiding and abetting a problematic regime," Costa said in a CNN interview on Thursday. "It's very troubling, their affinity for authoritarian regimes, so it's pretty clear that in the video interview with Peng … they were just giving China cover. It was pretty clear that it was coached, and it was all a setup."
Peng disappeared from public view last month after she accused a top Chinese Communist Party official of sexually assaulting her. While the Women's Tennis Association suspended all tournaments in China over the situation, the IOC downplayed it, saying Peng appeared "safe and well" in a video call.
Costas also pointed to organizations including the NBA and Nike, as well as individual athletes, that have turned a blind eye to China's human rights abuses while being outspoken in their criticism of the United States.
"Some of those people are very outspoken … and sometimes offer sweeping condemnations of their own admittedly imperfect country," Costas said. "But when it comes to China, perhaps the world's leading human rights abuser given its size and its wherewithal, they're mum."
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