China appreciates Pakistan for being against politicisation of sports

China appreciates Pakistan for being against politicisation of sports

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Islamabad: Chinese Ambassador to Pakistan Nong Rong said on Sunday that his country appreciates Pakistan’s opposition to the politicization of sports.

Taking to Twitter, the envoy wrote: “Pakistan’s position to oppose any form of politicization of sports is highly appreciated. The Beijing Winter Olympic Games is not a stage for the posturing and grandstanding of politicians,” he wrote.

The ambassador also stated that China is willing to host a streamlined, safe and exciting Olympic Games for the world.

Nong Rong’s comments are in response to a statement issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Friday, in which Pakistan stated that it opposes all forms of politicization of sports.

According to Xinhua News Agency, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Asim Iftihar Ahmed stated at a weekly media briefing that Pakistan is confident in neighboring countries’ plans to host the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Per the report, Ahmad had said that the event would offer “a spectacular and colourful gala to sports enthusiasts around the world, including in Pakistan,” despite the limitations imposed by COVID-19.

“The Olympic games symbolise sportsmanship, team spirit, unity, effort, struggle, and maintaining grace in competition whatever the results are,” the spokesperson had said.

He went on to say that the Olympic spirit espouses fair participation in the events, and like in all previous Olympic events, Pakistan would like to see the Olympic spirit upheld in true sporting fashion.

“Pakistan hopes that all nations will come together in Beijing and afford their athletes an opportunity against the best and showcase their skills,” he had said. 

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