The International Olympic Committee (IOC) launched a media campaign on February 4, exactly a year before the start of the Winter Olympic Games to be held in Beijing, China.
An IOC press release quoted its president, Thomas Bach, promising “safe and secure” games and expressing “great confidence” in China. Bach said his confidence was based on China’s handling of the coronavirus.
Bach’s praise for China is misleading, however, given that it overlooks some criticism of not only the country’s initial response to the virus but reports that China recently withheld data from World Health Organization investigators.
Since the pandemic’s start, journalists, scientists and politicians have accused the Chinese government of lacking true transparency and failing to warn the world about the virus in a timely manner.