Winter Olympics: diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games is pointless, says Coe


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“Boycotts, on balance, are historically illiterate and intellectually dishonest. A political boycott is, frankly, meaningless,” Coe told British media on Thursday. “That’s not to be an apologist for countries that do not conform to the basic standards around human rights … I’m not insouciant or cavalier about human rights. I take them very seriously. Winter Olympics: Diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games is ‘meaningless’, says Coe “I don’t think over the long haul (boycotts) actually achieve a great deal. There are always unintended consequences. And at the end of the day, the people that most suffer in all that are the...