ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to be among the top dignitaries attending the Beijing Olympics 2022, which will begin on February 4, according to reliable sources.
According to the journal, the Chinese government and the China Sports Authority are eagerly anticipating the participation of Prime Minister Xi Jinping at the opening or closing ceremonies, or throughout the tournament.
When The News enquired if the Pakistan Sports Board (PSB) had received such an invitation, the official replied that they had.
“Yes, we are in contact with Chinese officials and have received a communication,” says the spokesperson. “We’ve sent it on to the foreign ministry through the proper channels,” he said.
The presence of Pakistan’s prime minister would be significant, given that some big western countries have decided to boycott the mega event diplomatically.
The United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada have all launched diplomatic boycotts of the event, with North Korea being the most recent to withdraw due to the pandemic.
Despite the fact that athletes from all over the world will compete in the four-yearly event, no dignitaries from these western nations are expected to attend.
Khalid Mansoor, the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), confirmed the prime minister’s plans to visit Beijing early next month a few days ago.
The Prime Minister is likely to see the Winter Olympics during his visit.
It is unclear whether Dr Fahmida Mirza, the Minister for Inter-provincial Coordination (IPC), who has been in the United States for the past two weeks and is due to return in the next few days, will travel to China.
“We will be in a position to comment anything on that once she returns,” an official added.