Win Htet Oo worked all his life to become an elite swimmer, with the dream of representing Myanmar at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. But after the Feb. 1 military coup that overthrew the democratically elected government in Myanmar, he forfeited his chance at Olympic glory, saying he would not represent the military junta in international competition.
Now, the 27-year-old is criticizing the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for allowing the military government to send a delegation to Tokyoâ€”saying the organizationâ€™s policy of neutrality risks tarnishing the core values of the Olympic Games.
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