China will not promote tickets for the Beijing Winter Olympics to most people because the Chinese capital on Saturday reported its first local case of the omicron variant of COVID-19, simply weeks earlier than the Video games kick off on Feb. 4.
“Given the present state of affairs of the COVID-19 pandemic, with the intention to guarantee the protection of all members and spectators, it has been determined that tickets shouldn’t be bought anymore however be a part of an tailored programme that can invite teams of spectators to be current on web site through the Video games,” the International Olympic Committee mentioned in a press release on Monday.
Beijing final 12 months announced several measures aimed toward conserving athletes and spectators protected, together with limiting ticket gross sales to individuals residing in mainland China. Greater than 3,000 athletes in addition to trainers and assist workers are reportedly anticipated to attend Winter Olympics, with all members in a “closed loop” in Beijing. Attendees coming into the loop have to be absolutely vaccinated earlier than arriving in China — or face quarantine — and will probably be examined day by day for COVID, in response to the Washington Post.
The Beijing 2022 organizing committee did not instantly reply to a query on what number of spectators would nonetheless be allowed to attended the Winter Video games.
The pandemic is not the one difficulty going through the Winter Olympics in Beijing. US athletes competing in Beijing have reportedly been advised toamid safety issues. US officers are additionally of the Winter Olympics as a press release towards China’s human rights violations.
The Beijing 2022 Winter Video games kick off on Feb. 4 and can run till Feb. 20. The Paralympic Winter Video games will probably be held from March 4-13.