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5 Feb, 2022 15:18

Why was the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony controversial?

Dinigeer Yilamujiang's inclusion as a final Olympic torchbearer during Beijing 2022's opening ceremony was a big talking point
Why was the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony controversial?

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics formally got underway on Friday at a dazzling opening ceremony, but a widely discussed element of the event was the inclusion of cross-country skier Dinigeer Yilamujiang in the lighting of the Olympic cauldron. 

The 20-year-old is a medal hopeful in a sport China is not known to excel in, yet also hails from the Xinjiang region.

We explain why her presence drew added scrutiny, and what has been said following the ceremony.