WATCH — Canada is in a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics. Why?

Isabelle MacNeil
Story by Isabelle MacNeil and CBC Kids News • 2022-01-11 06:00

Athletes still competing at the Games

Every week, CBC Kids News takes a deep dive into a topic that everyone’s talking about. Click the video above or below for this week’s KN Explains.

In December 2021 Canada, along with the United States and a number of other countries, announced they would be participating in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Olympics.

So, does that mean Canada won’t be sending our athletes to compete?

Nope. Our athletes will still be attending and competing at the Games.

So if our athletes are still going, what exactly is a diplomatic boycott?

Kids News contributor Isabelle MacNeil has the answer.

She also talks about some other boycotts that have happened at the Olympics in the past, and even the history of the word “boycott.”

There’s a lot to unbox here. But don’t worry, we’ve got you. KN Explains: 

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Isabelle MacNeil
Isabelle MacNeil
CBC Kids News Contributor
Isabelle MacNeil is a creative and ambitious Grade 10 student from Dartmouth N.S. with a love for soccer, volleyball, acting and business. Isabelle has been having so much fun working as a contributor for CBC Kids News since September 2018. Isabelle loves reporting stories and hopes to inspire others as a positive role model and believes that giving kids a voice is more important than ever.

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