Finnish hockey coach accuses China of violating players’ human rights with 18-day COVID isolation


Finland’s Olympic ice hockey coach accuses China of violating the human rights of athletes because one of its players was confined to his hotel in solitary confinement for 18 days following a positive coronavirus test.

Finland striker Marko Anttila has been confined to his hotel room for more than two weeks after testing positive for the virus when he landed in Beijing. And the situation is intolerable, as far as coach Jukka Jalonen is concerned, reports Fox Business Network.

Jalonen says being cooped up without proper nutrition and exercise is physically dangerous for the 6-foot-8, 230-pound winger.

KOSICE, SLOVAKIA – MAY 17: Marko Antilla (C) of Finland celebrates with team mates after scoring the 2nd goal during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Group A match between Finland and Great Britain at The Steel Arena on May 17, 2019, in Kosice, Slovakia. (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)

“He’s a professional athlete and he would like to participate in team practices and matches in the near future,” Jalonen said. “He doesn’t eat well and he’s a really big guy.”

“Because he doesn’t know what’s going on and what’s going to happen with him, it’s like uncertainties, so it’s a bad thing mentally as well,” added the coach.

Team doctor Maarit Valtonen noted that Anttila had tested negative several times before boarding the plane for China, but tested positive after entering the oppressive communist nation.

“From a medical point of view, we know that a person like this is no longer contagious, safe for the other team,” added Dr Valtonen. “These isolation decisions are not based on medicine or science. These are more cultural and political decisions.

“We know he’s perfectly healthy and ready to go, and that’s why we think China, for whatever reason, won’t respect his human rights, and that’s not a good situation,” he said. added the coach.

Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is seen on a flag next to a member of Chinese security personnel ahead of...

Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is seen on a flag next to a Chinese security staff member before the second men’s downhill training session during the Beijing Winter Olympics Beijing 2022 at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Center in Yanqing on February 4, 2022. (Photo by FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images)

While a few other athletes decried the “small rooms” they are subjected to, and others claimed the accommodations were “dirty”, there were almost none of the statements on the political issues seen in so many events. other recent Olympic Games. .

Even as Finnish coach Jalonen shapes his protest against virus mitigation as a ‘human rights’ issue, no Olympian has directly addressed the fundamental human rights issues of oppression. , enslavement and genocide of China against its minority Uyghur population. Nor has anyone spoken of the brutal oppression of Chinese Christians, or the brutal crushing of pro-democracy movements in Tibet and Hong Kong.

It seems that all of these “brave” Olympic athletes suddenly decided to stick to sports while competing in the Chinese Genocide Games.

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