Beijing 2022 organizers: “Covid is the biggest challenge” – Major Events

Beijing 2022 organizers: “Covid is the biggest challenge” – Major Events
Beijing 2022 organizers: “Covid is the biggest challenge” – Major Events
The organizers of the Beijing Winter Olympics have declared that protecting the Games from the coronavirus is the “greatest challenge”, now that China is committed to eradicating some outbreaks just 100 days before the event.

Last week, the Chinese capital welcomed the Olympic flame with a low-key ceremony. About three months into the event, China is battling a virus outbreak that has seen millions of people invited to stay at home, mass testing in at least 11 provinces and the blocking of many flights and trains.

“The pandemic is the biggest challenge facing the organization of the Winter Olympics,” Zhang Jiandong, executive vice president of the Beijing Organizing Committee, said at a news conference. China’s strict rules “can reduce the risks and impact of Covid-19,” he said, adding that those who are in the ‘bubble’ of the Games and who fail to comply with anti-contagion measures will have to face the consequences, without providing further details. Zhang told reporters that “all preparations have been completed” and that the venues for the Games are ready.

The 2,900 athletes expected will have to be fully vaccinated or face 21-day quarantine upon arrival in the Chinese capital. The Games, which will take place from 4 to 20 February, will use some of the 2008 venues, including the national ‘Bird’s Nest’ stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies. Only people living in China will be able to purchase tickets to participate. Government officials from Hebei near Beijing said the province is building mobile laboratories to handle up to 40,000 samples for daily Covid-19 testing during the Games.

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