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Beijing Olympics boycott: 5 things to know in a divided world

Some governments stay away but athletes and sponsors will still be going for gold

The Olympic flame is displayed in a lantern in Beijing ahead of the 2022 Winter Games in February.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- With fewer than 60 days before the Beijing Winter Olympics open on Feb. 4, China is facing a deepening diplomatic boycott.

Since the U.S. announced earlier this week that it will not be sending government officials to the Games, several countries have followed suit. While the Olympics are often touted as a chance for the international community to come together, the 2022 edition is quickly becoming a prime example of how divided the world has grown.

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