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World University Games in China postponed until 2022

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The World University Games that were due to open in China in just over four months have been postponed until next year, the governing body the FISU said on Friday.

Decision prompted by pandemic, travel restrictions

The World University Games, which features about 8,000 athletes, was to have opened in Chengdu in western China on Aug. 18, just days after the closing of the Tokyo Olympics. (Feng Li/Getty Images/file)

The World University Games that were due to open in China in just over four months have been postponed until next year, the governing body the FISU said on Friday.

The Switzerland-based FISU said COVID-19 and travel restrictions prompted the postponement, adding the decision was made jointly with officials in China.

The multi-sport event, which features about 8,000 athletes, was to have opened in Chengdu in western China on Aug. 18, just days after the closing of the Tokyo Olympics. A rescheduled date has not been announced.

The country has two other large multi-sport events coming up. The Winter Olympics open on Feb. 4, 2022 in Beijing, and the Asian Games, which feature more sports than the Olympics, are set for Hangzhou from Sept. 10, 2022.

China has become the go-to nation for many of these mega-events because it pays the costs, builds venues quickly, and does not need voter approval, which is common in many European countries.

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Referee banned from working NHL games after being caught on live mic wanting to call penalty on Predators

Referee Tim Peel has been banned from officiating future NHL games after he was caught saying he wanted to call a penalty against the Nashville Predators during a game on Tuesday.

Peel was wearing a microphone for the Detroit-Nashville game Tuesday night and was heard making the comment over the TV broadcast.

“It wasn’t much, but I wanted to get a [expletive] penalty against Nashville early in the,” Peel was heard saying before his microphone was cut off after Predators forward Viktor Arvidsson was called for a tripping penalty at 4:56 of the second period.

Peel worked the game with referee Kelly Sutherland. The Predators were called for four penalties and the Red Wings three in Nashville’s 2-0 win.

WARNING: Clip contains profane language


“Nothing is more important than ensuring the integrity of our game,” Colin Campbell, the league’s senior executive vice-president of hockey operations, said in a statement issued by the NHL Wednesday. 

“Tim Peel’s conduct is in direct contradiction to the adherence to that cornerstone principle that we demand of our officials and that our fans, players, coaches and all those associated with our game expect and deserve,” he said in the statement. “There is no justification for his comments, no matter the context or his intention, and the National Hockey League will take any and all steps necessary to protect the integrity our game.”

The NHL’s statement was unclear on whether Peel had been fired, but TSN reported Wednesday he planned to retire following this season.

NHL players weigh in

Nashville’s Matt Duchene on a local radio appearance Wednesday wondered aloud what would have happened if Detroit scored on the power play, won the game and the Predators missed the playoffs by a point.

“The crazy part is he was talking to [teammate Filip] Forsberg in that clip, and he told our bench that,” Duchene said. “Really bizarre. I don’t think there’s a place in hockey for that.

“You’ve got to call the game. I’ve always been frustrated when I’ve seen even-up calls or stuff like that. If one team is earning power plays, you can’t punish them because the other team is not.”

Even-up — or make-up — calls are when referees will penalize one team to compensate for what they perceive to be an incorrect penalty imposed on the opposing team. 

Duchene and other players around the league cast doubt on “make-up calls” being a regular part of hockey, though he acknowledged “there’s definitely nights where you’re skeptical of it.”

“Some of the good refs definitely have a feel for the game and they know the ebbs and flows, and they know to try to keep the game as even as possible unless the play dictates otherwise,” New York Rangers forward Ryan Strome said. “But as players, all you can ask for is that they try to call it as fair as possible.”

‘The league had to do what they had to do’

Washington centre Nicklas Backstrom, a 14-year veteran, said the incident was a first for him.

“I’ve never heard anything like that,” Backstrom said. “I think it’s maybe unfortunate that it happened and came out that way. But at the same time, the league had to do what they had to do.”

Predators coach John Hynes said it probably doesn’t matter how he feels about what the official said.

“But the referees are employees of the league and rather than me comment on it, it’s an issue that I think the league will have to take care of,” Hynes said.

Most players and coaches expressed respect for on-ice officials and lamented how difficult their jobs are in keeping track of the fast-paced game. Buffalo interim coach Don Granato said he has “full faith” in the people who work for the NHL.

“[Peel] made a mistake, but unfortunately you don’t want make-up calls to be part of the game,” Edmonton’s Adam Larsson said. “I don’t think it’s right. I think if it’s an obvious one I don’t think it should be made up for.”

Peel, 54, from Hampton, N.B., has been an NHL referee since 1999.

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Olympic swimmer Brent Hayden taking ‘wait and see’ approach to vaccines before Games

If he qualifies for this summer’s Olympic Games, Canadian swimmer Brent Hayden would prefer to receive a COVID-19 vaccination before arriving in Tokyo.

That doesn’t mean he wouldn’t go without getting his jab. He also isn’t sure if he would use the vaccine being offered to Olympic athletes as part of a recent partnership announced by the International Olympic Committee and China.

“I think that would be something I have to talk to my coach about, to figure out what we think is going to be the best decision,” said Hayden, who won a bronze medal in the 100-metre freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics.

“I do want to be vaccinated, I want to be covered at the Olympics. I don’t want to catch it and spread it. Now whether or not that’s the China one … I’m just going to have to wait to see what my coach or what Swimming Canada recommends.”

In the recently announced agreement, the IOC entered into a partnership with the Chinese Olympic committee to buy and provide vaccines for people participating in the Tokyo Games and next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.

None of the Chinese vaccines are approved for use in Canada.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee said it would prefer Canadian athletes use Health Canada approved vaccines.

“Our strong preference is that any vaccine a Canadian athlete receives has been approved by Health Canada,” COC boss David Shoemaker said in a statement.

“The COC will continue to follow Health Canada guidelines and the recommendations of our chief medical officer and the return to sport task force for all matters relating to the health and safety of Team Canada.”

WATCH | Should Olympians cut in line for vaccine?:

Some athletes say they want to wait their turn. 2:20

A Swimming Canada spokesman said they are encouraging athletes to follow the COC guidelines.

At least one Olympic expert said he isn’t surprised the by the IOC’s decision to buy vaccines or that they are being purchased from China.

Michael Naraine, an assistant professor with Brock University’s department of sport, said IOC president Thomas Bach has pushed for the Tokyo Games to go ahead, even though concerns remain about COVID-19.

“They weren’t going to force athletes to take the vaccine, but they wanted to do everything they could to ensure health and safety,” said Naraine, who studies major games and the Olympic movement.

“It’s not surprising that China would be the place where they were able to procure them. The supply chains are really tight now when you’re thinking about all the different countries that are trying to procure. When you think about scale in the supply chain, China’s clearly the top dog.”

WATCH | Why a COVID-19 vaccine isn’t the key to a fair Olympics:

Jacqueline Doorey speaks with Canadian middle distance runner Gabriela DeBues-Stafford to discuss the COVID-19 vaccine, how it can affect the Olympics, and whether athletes deserve to cut the line. 5:51

The IOC is also “very bullish on China” considering it’s hosting next year’s Winter Games and some of the major sponsors that comes with that, he said.

While athletes in some countries may be hesitant over the IOC’s offer, for others it might be their best chance to access the vaccine.

“If I’m an athlete in a country which has a very heavy strain on health care and the public health system, you’re looking at this as jumping the global queue as far as vaccination and inoculation is concerned,” said Naraine.

Wrestler Erica Weibe, a gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Games, supports more athletes having access to the vaccine.

It would be great if the IOC’s partnership “can help athletes and citizens of countries with less robust vaccination plans than Canada,” the Stittsville, Ont., native told The Canadian Press last week.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has promised that every Canadian adult who wants a vaccine will be able to receive a shot by the end of September.

In B.C., where Hayden lives, his age group is scheduled to receive their first round of the vaccine in May or June.

The Tokyo Games, which have been delayed a year due to COVID-19, are scheduled to open July 23.

Hayden, who retired after the London Games but decided to make a comeback for Tokyo, said not being vaccinated won’t stop him from competing.

“My goal is to go to the Olympics,” he said. “If I’m vaccinated or not vaccinated, I’m planning on going until they tell me I can’t go.”

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: World Cup alpine skiing

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On this week’s edition of the program, tune in to watch action from the alpine skiing World Cup stop in Lenzerheide, Switzerland.

Coverage continues on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET with the women’s slalom.

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: Snowboard world championships

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On this week’s edition of the program, watch action from the snowboard world championships in Aspen, Colo.

Coverage copntinues on Saturday at 5 p.m. ET with the halfpipe event.

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Microsoft Just Added 20 Bethesda Games to Xbox Game Pass

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Microsoft’s Game Pass has been around for a while, offering a range of reasonably popular games with a single monthly subscription. Game Pass is about to get a big boost in its game catalog courtesy of the Xbox maker’s recent acquisition of Bethesda Softworks. Starting now, you can get instant access to 20 popular Bethesda games on Game Pass

Game Pass starts at $ 10 per month, but new subscribers can get a $ 1 trial month right now. Before today’s additions, there were already about 100 games available on Game Pass, including ARK, Gears 5, and No Man’s Sky. Here are all the new Bethesda games coming to Xbox Game Pass. 

  • Dishonored
  • Dishonored 2
  • Doom
  • Doom 2
  • Doom 64
  • Doom 3
  • Doom Eternal
  • Fallout New Vegas
  • Fallout 4
  • Fallout 76
  • Prey
  • Rage 2
  • The Elder Scrolls 3: Morrowind
  • The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion
  • The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim
  • The Elder Scrolls Online
  • The Evil Within
  • Wolfenstein: The New Order
  • Wolfenstein The Old Blood
  • Wolfenstein: Youngblood

Game Pass works on Xbox consoles, PC, and mobile. However, you won’t be able to play all of them everywhere. All of them work on Xbox and PC, but you’ll have to choose one or the other when you sign up for Game Pass at the $ 10 level. There’s a $ 15 version that includes both console and PC, as well as mobile access on Android. Only 16 of the games support mobile, which is accomplished via xCloud game streaming. As usual, Microsoft stresses that xCloud is still a beta product, and you’ll need a very reliable internet connection to play on your phone. When installed and played on the Xbox Series X or S, several of the titles will benefit from the new FPS Boost feature. 

There’s always the concern with “all you can play” services that something you like will end up leaving. We all know this pain from video streaming platforms like Netflix. But because Microsoft now owns these Bethesda titles, it’s unlikely they’ll ever leave Game Pass.

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Microsoft Admits Some Bethesda Games Will Be Xbox Exclusives

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Microsoft’s purchase of Bethesda has finally born the fruit most of us were expecting. In a blog post supposedly welcoming its new set of studios to the Microsoft family, Phil Spencer, head of Xbox, laid out the real news:

With the addition of the Bethesda creative teams, gamers should know that Xbox consoles, PC, and Game Pass will be the best place to experience new Bethesda games, including some new titles in the future that will be exclusive to Xbox and PC players.

Back in November, Microsoft tried to argue there was more nuance to this point. Tim Stuart, CFO of the Xbox division, was trotted out to make mouth noises implying that while console exclusives could happen, Microsoft was much more focused on making games better on Xbox than cutting off Nintendo or Sony players. Here’s Tim Stuart:

What we’ll do in the long run is we don’t have intentions of just pulling all of Bethesda content out of Sony or Nintendo or otherwise. But what we want is we want that content, in the long run, to be either first or better or best or pick your differentiated experience, on our platforms. We will want Bethesda content to show up the best as — on our platforms. Yes. That’s not a point about being exclusive. That’s not a point about we’re being — adjusting timing or content or road map. But if you think about something like Game Pass, if it shows up best in Game Pass, that’s what we want to see.

While Stuart mentions being first, he puts more emphasis on quality, flexibility, and ensuring that games play well as Game Pass titles. The only type of exclusive he actually references is a timed exclusive. Games that only launch for Xbox and PC aren’t launching for those platforms first, they’re launching for those platforms exclusively.

With that said, we know a bit more about Bethesda’s plans than just these comments. The developer has already announced that Doom Eternal and The Elder Scrolls Online will be upgraded with enhanced effects for next-generation gaming on the Xbox Series S|X and the PlayStation 5. We also know that two PS5 exclusives — Deathloop and Ghostwire: Tokyo — will still ship for that console. Bethesda’s Todd Howard has publicly stated it was “hard to imagine” The Elder Scrolls 6 as a Microsoft-exclusive title. Nothing has been said about next-gen upgrades for games like Fallout 76 or the Wolfenstein games on either platform.

Dishonored Definitive

No word on whether Corvo gets a next-gen upgrade, either, though Dishonored 2 is old enough to make this unlikely.

A few things seem clear from this. First, Bethesda has been allowed to complete projects that were in the pipeline, even when those projects were for Microsoft’s chief competitor. Second, Bethesda employees have given the impression at least some future titles would still be developed for multi-platform releases.

Microsoft’s references to exclusivity may or may not come with timers attached. Historically, Sony has maintained its own stable of franchises like God of War, Horizon: Zero Dawn, and The Last of Us. Some of its exclusive games have later come to PC, but others have remained PlayStation-only for decades.

Spencer claims that “some” games will be PC/Xbox exclusive without clarifying how many games will or won’t be covered by the word, or how long it will apply for. If Microsoft’s goal is to build exclusive titles for the Xbox, it’s got precious little reason to share its IP with Sony. There were hopes that the Xbox Series S|X would hit differently than the Xbox One did back in 2012, but both Microsoft and Sony have been matching their previous launch figures, not beating them. Limited supply due to the ongoing semiconductor shortage has undoubtedly played a role here, but this probably isn’t the position Microsoft wanted to be in two console launches in a row.

If Microsoft wants to minimize fan reactions, it’ll keep existing multi-platform franchises on multiple platforms and only release new IP or spin-off concepts exclusively for Xbox. Moving most or all of Bethesda’s AAA franchises to Xbox exclusives might drive some console sales, but it would also create a lot of bad feelings.

Now that Microsoft owns Bethesda, it ought to give Obsidian permission to create another Fallout game. While I can’t speak for every Fallout fan, I’d be pretty happy to get either a spiritual sequel to Fallout New Vegas set elsewhere in the world or even a new turn-based isometric title somewhat more in the tradition of Fallout 2.

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Watch Road to the Olympic Games: Short track world championships

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Veteran Canadian Olympic officials dismiss ‘silly’ calls to move 2022 Games from China

A number of Canadian politicians have called for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, China, to be relocated to another country, but Dick Pound, a Canadian member of the International Olympic Committee, says such a move is unfeasible at this late date.

“What the politicians are doing with this kind of a request of moving the Games with less than a year to go is silly,” said Pound, a former president of the Canadian Olympic Committee. “If they give this 30 seconds of thought, they know it’s not possible.”

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole and other politicians, including Green Party Leader Annamie Paul and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, have called for the relocation of the Games, pointing to the Chinese government’s treatment of its Muslim minority population.

Concerns have also been raised over China’s actions in Hong Kong and the ongoing detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

WATCH | Pound dismisses idea of boycott:

Dick Pound, a Canadian member of the International Olympic Committee, says athletes shouldn’t pay the price for the government’s dissatisfaction with China. 6:45

Two of the people involved in organizing the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics agree the logistics involved in staging a Games make a move impossible.

“The ability for a country to step in this late — the headwinds are fierce,” said John Furlong, who was head of the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC).

“It makes for great headlines and it makes for great debate, but the truth is, it’s far too down the road to contemplate.”

Dave Cobb, who was VANOC’s deputy chief operating officer, said it takes years to prepare for an Olympics.

“It’s such a massive [project] that we took seven years and we needed every week of those seven years to be ready,” said Cobb.

The 2022 Winter Games are scheduled to open Feb. 4.

WATCH | Erin O’Toole says ’22 Olympics should be moved:

Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole is calling on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games amid what he calls a genocide against minority Uighurs. 1:43

Politicians call for action against Beijing Games

A multi-party group of 13 MPs also released an open letter calling for the Olympics to be relocated. Jean-Luc Brassard, a gold medallist at the 1994 Lillehammer Games, signed the letter along with some Canadian non-governmental organizations.

Annamie Paul has suggested Canada should consider the feasibility of hosting the Games, but Cobb said the timeline is too short.

“We could not replicate anywhere close to what we had in Vancouver in 2010, because so much of it takes years of advance planning,” he said.

WATCH | Bring It In panel on whether boycotts work:

Morgan Campbell is joined by Meghan McPeak and Dave Zirin, to discuss the recent call from over 180 human rights organizations to boycott the Beijing Games in 2022, due to human rights violations in China. 8:07

Pound said moving the Games is a non-starter for the IOC.

“We certainly haven’t discussed it and have no intention of discussing it,” he said.

David Shoemaker, the CEO and secretary general of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said in a statement that moving the Games now “would be next to impossible.”

Massive undertaking

Furlong compared organizing an Olympics to “staging three Super Bowls a day for 17 days.”

A new host city would need the sports venues and an athletes village capable of housing the thousands of competitors attending the Games. There’s also the logistics of security, transportation, recruiting thousands of volunteers needed to stage the event and securing accommodation for officials and media.

“If you think of Vancouver, it took us eight months just to put the governance model in place,” Furlong said. “You’d have to build an organization capable of delivering the Games.

“You can certainly sit and dream and say you could do it, but no one would reasonably say, ‘I think we can pull that off,’ and deliver it anything near the standard that’s required for the Games.”

Cost is another issue. The estimated budget for the Beijing Games is $ 3.9 billion US. Furlong said the money the IOC has committed to Beijing has already been spent. That would leave a new host country scrambling to find cash to pay for the event.

“I would say the chances of any government being willing to do that are slim,” said Furlong.

The last two cities to host a Winter Olympics were Pyeongchang, South Korea, in 2018 and Sochi, Russia, in 2014.

Furlong said many of the facilities in those cities have been re-purposed for non-sports uses.

WATCH | Trudeau says human rights issues being thoroughly examined:

After Conservative leader Erin O’Toole called for the Beijing 2022 Olympics to be relocated due to what he labelled a genocide against minority Uighurs, Prime Minister Trudeau was hesitant to use the term genocide, but says they have been “very vocal in standing up for human rights around the world” and they, along with the International Olympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee, will continue to follow the issue. 3:30

Even in Vancouver, facilities would need to be reconditioned.

“Some of them would be straightforward, some of them would be extremely complicated,” said Furlong.

Pound said relocating the Games to Sochi would be difficult, because Russian athletes have been banned from competing at all major sporting events until December 2022 because of a doping scandal.

Move would be ‘complete humiliation’ for China

Cobb said one option could be spreading events around several cities in different countries.

“You could put on a hockey game at Rogers Arena [in Vancouver], or you could put on a ski event in Whistler, but it wouldn’t have many of the unique elements which Olympic Games are all about,” he said.

The COVID-19 pandemic is another factor for countries to consider.

“How many countries would be ready to receive all the people, the employees and the media and everyone who would be suddenly descending on them,” he said.

Moving the Games from China could also have legal and political implications.

Beijing will be the first city to host both a summer and winter Olympics.

Moshe Lander, a senior lecturer in the economics of sports, gaming and gambling at Concordia University, said taking away the Winter Games would be seen “as the ultimate affront” by the Chinese government.

“This is a complete sort of humiliation,” he said. “They’re not going to take it too kindly.”

Furlong said it also could make potential bid cities nervous.

“It would make countries feel that they were vulnerable, that you could do this any time,” he said.

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O’Toole calls for relocation of 2022 Olympic Games out of China

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole today called for the relocation of the 2022 Winter Olympics out of Beijing — in part because of the Chinese government’s treatment of its Muslim minority population.

O’Toole said Canada should not be sending its athletes to compete there while the country stands accused of committing “genocide” against Uighurs in Xinjiang province. He also cited the country’s actions in Hong Kong and the ongoing detention of Canadian citizens Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor.

The Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games are scheduled to take place in and around the Chinese capital in February 2022. (CBC has the Canadian broadcast rights to the 2021, 2022 and 2024 Olympic Games).

“I think Canadians would agree that it would violate universal fundamental ethical principles to participate in an Olympic Games hosted by a country that is committing a genocide against part of its population,” O’Toole said at a press conference in Ottawa. “Canada must take a stand.”

O’Toole said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau should lobby the International Olympic Committee to identify alternative countries where the games could be held, although he stopped short of calling on Canadian athletes themselves to boycott the international sporting event.

“It’s only if [relocation] is not possible and there’s no change in conduct by the state of China that we should examine whether our athletes compete,” said O’Toole. 

WATCH | Conservative leader calls for Beijing 2022 Olympics to be relocated:

Conservative Party of Canada leader Erin O’Toole is calling on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games amid what he calls a genocide against minority Uighurs. 1:43

O’Toole has joined a growing chorus of critics in Canada and abroad calling on countries to re-examine their participation in the Winter Games in response to increasing international opposition to China’s policies in Xinjiang, a western province.

UN experts and activists say more than one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and others have been held arbitrarily in prison-like centres for political indoctrination. China claims the centres are intended to combat extremism and teach job skills, but former residents and rights groups say they target Islam and minority languages and cultures.

The country also has been accused of instituting a forced birth control campaign in the region.

The House of Commons subcommittee on international human rights tabled a report in October that concluded that China’s mistreatment of Uighurs — through mass detentions in concentration camps, forced labour, state surveillance and population control measures — amounts to a policy of genocide.

China’s foreign affairs ministry has denied the accusations. 

Trudeau said today that while there is “no question” that human rights abuses have occurred in Xinjiang, genocide is an “extremely loaded” term that should be applied only in accordance with internationally-recognized criteria.

Use of the word must be “properly justified and demonstrated so as not to weaken the application of ‘genocide’ in situations in the past,” he said.

The Canadian Olympic Committee, the Canadian Paralympic Committee and the International Olympic Committee “are looking very closely” at calls to relocate the games, Trudeau added.

WATCH | Olympic committees ‘looking very closely’ at human rights issues ahead of Beijing Olympics: Trudeau

After Conservative leader Erin O’Toole called for the Beijing 2022 Olympics to be relocated due to what he labelled a genocide against minority Uighurs, Prime Minister Trudeau was hesitant to use the term genocide, but says they have been “very vocal in standing up for human rights around the world” and they, along with the International Olympic Committee and Canadian Olympic Committee, will continue to follow the issue. 3:30

Other opposition leaders support relocation

The call from the Conservative leader follows a similar one from Green Party leader Annamie Paul and a multi-party group of 13 MPs who, earlier this month, released an open letter calling for the Olympics to be relocated. The letter was also signed by several Quebec MNAs, some Canadian non-governmental organizations and 1994 Winter Games gold medallist Jean-Luc Brassard.

It came days after a coalition of 180 groups representing Tibetans, Uighurs, Inner Mongolians and residents of Hong Kong, among others, called for a full boycott of the games.

Paul said Canada should consider the feasibility of hosting the Games itself.

“If the relocation of the Olympics serves as a wake-up call to the Chinese government, that would be a positive by-product,” Paul said in a press release last week. “However, it should be enough to know that Canada has not participated in providing a global platform for a country perpetrating genocide.”

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he also supports relocating the games.

Canada-China tensions continue

The push to relocate the games comes at a time of heightened tensions between Canada and China. Beijing has been demanding for the past two years that Canada release a top executive of communications giant Huawei who is wanted on fraud charges in the United States.

Meng Wanzhou, who is also the daughter of the company’s founder, denies the charges, which China says are politically motivated and part of a U.S. effort to stifle the nation’s economic expansion.

Former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor were detained by Chinese authorities nine days after the RCMP arrested the Chinese tech scion at the Vancouver airport in December 2018 on a U.S. extradition warrant.

Bob Rae, Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, called on the United Nations in November to investigate whether China’s persecution of ethnic Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang constitutes genocide.

The Canadian Olympic Committee didn’t immediately return a request for comment, while the International Olympic Committee has said repeatedly that awarding the Olympics “does not mean that the IOC agrees with the political structure, social circumstances or human rights standards in the country” that hosts them.

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