Myanmar Swimmer to Forgo Tokyo Olympics in Protest at Junta Violence

By Kyodo News 27 April 2021

A Myanmar swimmer will skip the Tokyo Olympics in protest against the coup perpetrated by his country’s military, saying he will not represent his nation when hundreds of protesters have been killed by authorities.

Win Htet Oo, a 26-year-old freestyle swimmer, said in a statement posted on his Facebook page on April 10 that he will not participate in the Tokyo Games at a time when the military junta continues its violent crackdown, which has killed unarmed civilians, including some athletes.

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