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Swedish Olympic champion Nils van der Poel offers medal to male held in China


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A Swedish speedskater who received double Olympic gold earlier this thirty day period in Beijing, has specified a single of his medals to a Swedish publisher detained in China, Amnesty International reported Friday.

Nils van der Poel gave the medal to the daughter of Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swede who co-owned a Hong Kong shop which offered gossipy guides about Chinese leaders.

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Gui went lacking in 2015 from his seaside dwelling in Thailand and turned up months afterwards in China. He was convicted in 2020 of “illegally delivering intelligence overseas” and sentenced to 10 decades in prison. Chinese authorities mentioned he had admitted his crime. Human rights groups have continuously accused China of extracting compelled confessions from individuals it perceives to be opponents of the Communist Party’s rule.

Nils van der Poel of Sweden celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting an Olympic record in the men's speedskating 5,000-meter race at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, in Beijing. 

Nils van der Poel of Sweden celebrates after successful the gold medal and location an Olympic history in the men’s speedskating 5,000-meter race at the 2022 Wintertime Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, in Beijing. 
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Van der Poel handed about the medal to Angela Gui, who has been fighting for her father’s launch for a lengthy time, at a assembly on Thursday, Amnesty Worldwide Sweden claimed.

Amnesty International Sweden mentioned that van der Poel confirmed that “he is equally an Olympic hero and a champion of human legal rights.”

“This sends a apparent message to China that persecution of tranquil critics is not approved by the outdoors environment,” stated Maja Åberg, policy adviser and expert on China at Amnesty Sweden.

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Van der Poel gained gold in the 5,000 and 10,000 meters activities at the Beijing Game titles.

Immediately after returning to Sweden, he instructed the Aftonbladet newspaper that whilst he experienced “a incredibly pleasant experience driving the scenes,” hosting the Video games in China was “horrible.” He drew parallels with the 1936 Summer season Olympics in Nazi Germany and Russia web hosting the Sochi Olympics before seizing management of the Crimean peninsula in 2014.

“It is really irresponsible,” van der Poel stated, “to give it to a region that violates human rights as plainly as the Chinese regime does.”

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