Interview between Anita DeFrantz and the South Metropolis Daily Newspaper, about the upcoming 2022 Beijing Games
Anita DeFrantz: "In 1980, my team and I missed the Moscow Olympics due to a boycott by the Carter administration. At that time, my team members and I were already in uniform and ready to go, but suddenly we were told that we had nowhere to go because the government made the decision not to participate on our behalf. At a meeting at the time, I asked the U.S. military: "Can our non-competition save even one person's life?" The other party pondered for a moment and gave a negative answer."
"DeFrantz, who previously served two terms as a vice-president of the IOC, is one of 101 current IOC members.
Considering her background, the Philadelphia native is as qualified as anyone to address the concerns about the Beijing Olympics, with the Opening Ceremony kicking off the Games on Feb. 4.
With COVID-19 surging and China continuing to face criticism for human rights -- including on a sport-specific front with concerns about tennis player Peng Shuai’s safety -- many have questioned if it’s a good idea to go ahead with these Olympics."
"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character." - Martin Luther King, Jr.
Wishing you all a very warm and celebratory Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, January 17th!
Official blog of author, athlete, and IOC official, Ms. Anita DeFrantz.