UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has announced that he will attend the opening ceremony of the China Winter Olympics.

Iran PressAmerica: "The Olympics are a very important event and show the role of sport in bringing people together and promoting peace," the UN secretary-general told reporters in local time on Thursday.

Guterres stated that in this context, and without any political aspects, he intends to attend the opening ceremony of the Games with the message that the Olympic Games should be a tool for world peace.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be held from 4 to 20 February 2022  and then the Paralympic Games will be held.

The US government and several other countries have previously stated that they will not send any official or diplomatic representatives to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.