The Biden administration is expected to announce this week a limited diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing, according to a new report.

CNN reported that while officials of the United States government will no longer attend February’s Winter Olympics, American athletes could still take part and compete under the proposed boycott.

Last month, President Joe Biden stated that he had been considering a diplomatic boycott in protest of China’s human right record. 

According to activists and Congressmen, the administration had been pressured to not play the games and the boycott was a partial concession to critics.

President Joe Biden

Chinese leader Xi Jinping

President Joe Biden is expected to announce this week a limited diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Olympics in Beijing in a snub to Chinese leader Xi Jinping

A large logo of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is seen in Beijing, China. According to media reports, US President Joe Biden says US is considering diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics

Beijing, China is home to the large logo for 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Media reports claim that Joe Biden, the US president, has suggested that the US might consider a diplomatic boycott against Beijing Olympics.

The Congressional Republicans are vocal and demanding that the entire boycott be implemented. Senator Tom Cotton from Arkansas said last month that Joe Biden should immediately announce his intention to boycott all 2022 Olympic Games. 

The Peng Shuai affair has raised concerns in some quarters about the safety of athletes, after the women’s tennis star disappeared from public view after she accused a top Chinese Communist Party leader of sexual assault.

Peng released videos later confirming that her safety was assured, but the Chinese government critics weren’t satisfied.

Last week, the WTA (the women’s tennis association) suspended all Chinese tournaments due to serious doubts about Peng’s safety. 

Peng (35-year-old Wimbledon, French Open doubles champ) claims her former Chinese vice-premier Zhang Gaoli forced her to sex in a long-running relationship. 

A jogger runs by a street decoration for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at National Olympic Sports Center on November 24, 2021 in Beijing, China

Jogger passes a street decoration in Beijing for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. This was taken at National Olympic Sports Center, Beijing on November 24, 2021.

People walk by cartoon statues depicting winter sports ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics on Thursday in Beijing, China

People pass cartoon figures depicting winter sports as they walk past them in Beijing ahead of Thursday’s Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

The National Indoor Stadium, the main venue for the ice hockey competition in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, is pictured on Thursday in Beijing

On Thursday, Beijing’s National Indoor Stadium was pictured as the venue where the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics ice hockey event will take place.

Medalists celebrate on the podium after the Women's normal hill individual finals during the 2021/2022 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup, a test event for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics

The medalists are seen celebrating on the podium following the Women’s Normal Hill Individual Finals at the 2021/2022 FIS Ski Jumping Continental Cup. It is a test event to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

According to the International Olympic Committee, Peng was safe and sound on Thursday December 4.

‘From Peng Shuai & the Uyghurs to Hong Kong & Taiwan, China must be held accountable for its reprehensible actions,’ tweeted Republicans on the House Homeland Security Committee last week.

“This is the reason why we should boycott all Beijing 2022 Olympics.” They said that we cannot give the CCP the Olympic stage on the world stage.

Six times have there been complete boycotts of modern Olympic games during their history, and all six were at the Summer Games.

The US has only boycotted once, during the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, leading 66 nations in withdrawing from the event in protest over the Soviet-Afghan War. 

Later, in reprisal to US anti-Soviet propaganda and chauvinistic sentiments, Soviet Union boycotted Los Angeles’ 1984 Summer Olympics.

A man runs in front of the Shougang Big Air venue, which will host the big air freestyle skiing and snow boarding competitions at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, at the Shougang Park

Man runs towards the Shougang BIG AIR venue. It will host big-air freestyle skiing competitions and snowboarding contests during the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.

Aerial view of the awarding stage for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics under construction at Taizicheng ice and snow town on November 29, 2021 in Zhangjiakou, Hebei Province of China

An aerial view shows the stage that will award the Beijing 2022 winter Olympics the title of “Awarding Stage” at Taizicheng (Zhangjiakou Province, China).

A woman takes photos with her mobile phone of a figure skating sculpture erected for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, at the Shougang Industrial Park

One woman snaps photos of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics figure skating sculpture at Shougang Industrial park using her smartphone

CNN’s Sunday report was not reported by the White House. 

Four people familiar with the White House’s thoughts previously informed Reuters of a consensus among them to prevent U.S. officials from attending the Beijing Olympics.

CNN stated that athletes would still be able to compete in the Olympics despite the boycott by the United States.

Questions about Sunday’s report were not answered by the State Department on Sunday night.