Washington — President Joe Biden said Thursday that the United States is considering a diplomatic boycott of next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing over human rights abuses in China, a move that would keep prominent American figures, but not athletes, from the games.

Speaking to reporters while hosting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in the Oval Office, Biden said support for a boycott of the Olympics in February is “something we’re thinking about.”

The United States and other countries traditionally send high-level delegations to every Olympic Games. First lady Jill Biden led the US group to this year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo, and second man Doug Imhoff led a delegation to the Paralympics.


International advocacy groups and some members of Congress have called for a symbolic US boycott of the Games in Beijing over China’s treatment of Uighurs and its suppression of freedoms in Hong Kong. The participation of US athletes will not be affected by the boycott.