Canadian Olympic Committee says boycotting Beijing Games would be ‘misguided’

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The head of the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) says organizing a boycott of next year’s Games in Beijing would be the wrong approach to addressing human rights issues in China. David Shoemaker, the committee’s president and CEO, told on Wednesday that the organization is “preparing to participate” at the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to take place next February. “We have concerns about what we are hearing is occurring in the host country and we know the Government of Canada is addressing these issues on a government-to-government basis,” he said in a statement.