OREANDA-NEWS. State Duma deputy Vitaly Milonov, commenting on the diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympic Games by the United States, expressed the opinion that no one is waiting for American President Joe Biden in Beijing. Milonov's words are reported by Match TV.

“It’s neither hot nor cold because Biden will not go to the Olympics, no one is waiting for him there. But American athletes will be a little offended that the country's leader did not consider it necessary to support the athletes. It is clear that the United States and China have disagreements, but the Olympics are the main event in sports. They decided to sacrifice their national team to political ambitions, ”Milonov said.

The honorary president of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), Alexander Zhukov, rebuked the Americans for trying to use the Olympics for political ends.

“As I said, this has nothing to do with sports. The Americans are constantly trying to use the Olympics for some political purpose, which actually contradicts the very spirit of the Olympics. I am sure that the Games will become a real sporting event even without American diplomats, "Match TV quotes Zhukov.

It is reported that athletes will be able to go to the competition. Beijing will only be boycotted by US officials. The last time the United States fully boycotted the Olympic Games was in 1980, when they were held in Moscow.

On November 16, The Washington Post reported that the United States wants to respond to human rights abuses in China with a diplomatic boycott.

The Winter Olympics will be held from 4 to 20 February 2022.

Earlier, commentator and TV presenter Dmitry Guberniev joked that high-ranking American officials would not be able to participate in his biathlon program.