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World Tokyo 2020: 'Genocidaires do not deserve to be in the Olympics,' Myanmar swimmer Win Htet Oo

07:05  02 may  2021
07:05  02 may  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Urgent action on Myanmar is needed but engaging the junta at the Southeast Asian leaders meeting is a risky gamble

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Myanmar swimmer Win Htet Oo attends a training session at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre in Australia. (CNN) A leading Myanmar swimmer has called for the country's Olympic committee to be expelled from the Olympic Movement, saying " genocidaires do not Currently training in Melbourne, Win Htet Oo 's Facebook profile says he's "a Myanmar swimmer dreaming about Tokyo 2020 ." The swimmer has been a vocal critic of the Myanmar in recent weeks. "I do not wish to participate in the Tokyo Games under the stewardship of a NOC [National Olympic Committee] that is tied to a regime

A leading Myanmar swimmer has called for the country’s Olympic committee to be expelled from the Olympic Movement, saying “ genocidaires do not deserve to be in the Olympics .” Currently training in Melbourne, Win Htet Oo ’s Facebook profile says he’s “a Myanmar swimmer dreaming about Tokyo 2020 .” The swimmer has been a vocal critic of the Myanmar in recent weeks. “I do not wish to participate in the Tokyo Games under the stewardship of a NOC [National Olympic Committee] that is tied to a regime that continues to inflict suffering on my people,” said Win Htet Oo in another

A leading Myanmar swimmer has called for the country's Olympic committee to be expelled from the Olympic Movement, saying "genocidaires do not deserve to be in the Olympics."

a person swimming in water: Win Htet Oo says he is sacrificing his dream of competing in the Tokyo Olympics to protest at the junta ruling his homeland. © ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Win Htet Oo says he is sacrificing his dream of competing in the Tokyo Olympics to protest at the junta ruling his homeland.

In a Facebook post, swimmer Win Htet Oo said by rejecting the Myanmar Olympic Committee he had foregone any chance of competing at the Tokyo Olympic Games later this year.

Currently training in Melbourne, Win Htet Oo's Facebook profile says he's "a Myanmar swimmer dreaming about Tokyo 2020."

Protest in Yangon ahead of regional summit on Myanmar crisis

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Myanmar swimmer Win Htet Oo has said he will skip the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games to protest against the military coup in his country. The nation's leader Aung San Suu Kyi and members of her National League for Democracy party were overthrown in February in the coup and have been detained by the military. Military commander-in-chief Min Aung Hlaing has taken power, with the armed forces having been internationally condemned for violence against protestors. More than 700 people have reportedly been killed during the military crackdown on protestors. Swimmer Win Htet Oo , writing on

In an April 10 statement, the 26-year-old said joining Myanmar ’s Olympic team would legitimise “a murderous regime”.

The swimmer has been a vocal critic of the Myanmar in recent weeks.

"I do not wish to participate in the Tokyo Games under the stewardship of a NOC [National Olympic Committee] that is tied to a regime that continues to inflict suffering on my people," said Win Htet Oo in another Facebook post on April 10.

The IOC did not immediately respond to CNN's request for comment, but the organization told AFP that "'to the best of our knowledge,'" Win Htet Oo had not been selected by the Myanmar team.

World Swimming Magazine describes Win Htet Oo as one of Myanmar's "top swimmers," who swam for his country at the 2013 and 2019 Southeast Asian Games

Win Htet Oo is ranked as 166th in the men's 50-meter freestyle rankings on the website of swimming's governing body (Fédération Internationale De Natation). But he is no longer listed as being part of the Myanmar national team.

Obama urges the world to keep paying attention to Myanmar and the 'heartbreaking violence against civilians'

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Win Htet Oo is one of Myanmar 's top swimmers but in early April, the 26-year-old said he was no longer interested in going to Tokyo . "To accept the MOC ( Myanmar Olympic Committee) as it is currently led is to recognise the legitimacy of a murderous regime," he wrote in a statement on Facebook. Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup, with much of its population taking to the streets to demand a return to democracy. To quell the uprising, security forces have cracked down with deadly violence, killing more than 750

Win Htet Oo is one of Myanmar ’s top swimmers but in early April, the 26-year-old said he was no longer interested in going to Tokyo . “To accept the MOC ( Myanmar Olympic Committee) as it is currently led is to recognise the legitimacy of a murderous regime,” he wrote in a statement on Facebook. “I shall not march in the (opening ceremony’s) Parade of Nations under a flag steeped in my people’s blood.” Myanmar has been in turmoil since the military ousted civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi in a February 1 coup, with much of its population taking to the streets to demand a return to

The Myanmar Olympic Committee did not respond to CNN's request for comment.

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In February, Myanmar armed forces commander in chief Gen. Min Aung Hlaing seized power, overthrowing the democratically elected government of Aung San Suu Kyi and her National League for Democracy party and installing a military junta.

The following months have seen ongoing protests against his rule and the rise of a Civil Disobedience movement in which thousands of blue- and white-collar workers including doctors, teachers, civil servants and factory workers have gone on strike with the aim of disrupting the economy and unseating the general.

Security forces have brutally suppressed the protests with deadly and systematic crackdowns in which police and soldiers have shot people dead in the streets and arbitrarily detained perceived opponents.

Myanmar Fast Facts

  Myanmar Fast Facts View CNN's Fast Facts on Myanmar, and learn more about the country in southeast Asia formerly known as Burma. © Provided by CNN coren myanmar flooding_00000113.jpg About Myanmar(from the CIA World Factbook) Area: 676,578 sq km (slightly smaller than Texas)Population: 57,069,099 (July 2021 est.)Median age: 29.2 yearsCapital: NaypyidawEthnic Groups: Burman 68%, Shan 9%, Karen 7%, Rakhine 4%, Chinese 3%, Indian 2%, Mon 2%, other 5%Religion: Buddhist 87.9%, Christian 6.2%, Muslim 4.3%, Animist 0.8%, Hindu 0.5%, Other 0.2%, None 0.1% (2014 est.)Unemployment: 4% (2017 est.

The 2020 Summer Olympics (Japanese: 2020 年夏季オリンピック, Hepburn: Nisen Nijū Nijū-ichi-nen Kaki Orinpikku), officially the Games of the XXXII Olympiad

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 that has killed unarmed civilians, including some athletes. But he said, "It is my hope that the IOC refuses to acknowledge the MOC as the rightful organization responsible for the Olympic Movement in Myanmar ," adding the MOC is a puppet organization for the military regime. Win Htet Oo started swimming at 6 and progressed to become one of the leading swimmers in Myanmar .

More than 750 people have been killed by security forces since the coup, and more than 4,500 arrested, according to advocacy group Assistance Association of Political Prisoners.

On March 28, UN officials condemned "systematic" attacks on peaceful protesters and called on the international community to "protect the people of Myanmar from atrocity crimes."

"The shameful, cowardly, brutal actions of the military and police -- who have been filmed shooting at protesters as they flee, and who have not even spared young children -- must be halted immediately," said Alice Wairimu Nderitu, United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, and Michelle Bachelet, the High Commissioner for Human Rights in a joint statement.

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A UN Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar in 2018 called for Min Aung Hlaing to be investigated and prosecuted for genocide over his military's brutal crackdown on the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakhine State in 2017.

In his latest Facebook post, Win Htet Oo said he'd been inspired "by the continued defiance to military rule in Myanmar by an intersectional movement that will never submit. Their bravery is undying."

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"The National Unity Government is the only legitimate representative of the people of Myanmar and all international organisations and governments should recognise the NUG as Myanmar's government," added Win Htet Oo, who swam for New York University between 2012 and 2015.

a person in a pool of water: Myanmar swimmer Win Htet Oo attends a training session at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre in Australia. © Asanka Brendon Ratnayake/AFP/Getty Images Myanmar swimmer Win Htet Oo attends a training session at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre in Australia. a man in a pool of water: Win Htet swam collegiately at New York University. This photo was taken on April 29, 2021 at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre. © ASANKA BRENDON RATNAYAKE/AFP/AFP via Getty Images Win Htet swam collegiately at New York University. This photo was taken on April 29, 2021 at the Melbourne Aquatic Centre.

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