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Olympics: Swimmer calls for expulsion of junta-led Myanmar from Games

 

 

A leading Myanmar swimmer has เล่น สล็อต ทุนน้อยไม่ต้องฝากก่อน called for an international boycott of his country's Olympic committee, branding it a "puppet" of the southeast Asian nation's military rulers.

 

Australia-based Win Htet Oo said he had given up his dream of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics in protest at the junta which seized power in Myanmar on Feb 1 and has killed hundreds in a crackdown on dissent.

 

"I decided to reject any participation to the Tokyo Olympic Games under the auspices of the Myanmar Olympic Committee because I believe the Myanmar Olympic Committee is a puppet Olympic committee of the military regime in Myanmar which has been accused of genocide," Win Htet Oo told Reuters in Melbourne on Monday (May 3).

 

"I believe that the Myanmar Olympic Committee as it is currently recognised should be expelled immediately from any international sporting events.

 

"What I’m doing is a small thing but I hope it can lead to lasting change in Myanmar."

 

Reuters was unable to reach the Myanmar Olympic Committee (MOC) for comment.

 

The 26-year-old swam for Myanmar at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines where he posted an Olympic qualifying "B" time in the 50m freestyle, which would allow him to compete at Tokyo on invitation by world swimming governing body FINA.

 

However, he said he had ruled himself out of selection as Myanmar's athletes would be used as "propaganda" by the military junta to legitimise their rule.

 

Myanmar has been in turmoil since the coup which ousted the elected government led by Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi.

 

On Sunday, Myanmar security forces opened fire on protests against military rule killing eight, media reported.


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