NBC’s Mike Tirico mentions China’s ‘genocide’ against Uyghur Muslims in opening the network’s Olympics coverage
By Jake Lahut
04 February 2022
NBC sports anchor Mike Tirico opened the network’s Olympics coverage with a bang.
Tirico cut right to mentioning China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims.
The sportscaster also plugged an hour-long NBC special on the genocide.
To kick off NBC’s coverage of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing Thursday night, longtime sportscaster Mike Tirico addressed the elephant in the room.
“Now, the Olympic host city and nation are traditionally celebrated,” Tirico said, noting how China has ascended on the world stage in the 14 years since it last hosted an Olympics.
“While that might be the case for some in the world, it is not for many of you watching back home,” he continued. “The United States government is not here, a diplomatic boycott announced this fall joined by Canada, Great Britain and Australia citing China’s human rights record and the US government’s declaration that the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of committing genocide on the Uyghur Muslim population in Western Xinjiang region.”