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No overseas fans at 2022 Beijing Olympics

LAUSANNE: Next year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing will be held without spectators from overseas with tickets restricted to fans living in China because of the Covid-19 pandemic, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said Wednesday (Thursday in Manila).

The IOC said only fully vaccinated participants would be exempt from a 21-day quarantine. Athletes who can provide a “justified medical exemption” will have their cases considered.

All attendees will enter a strict bubble upon arrival that covers Games-related areas and stadiums as well as accommodation, catering, and the opening and closing ceremonies.

The decisions, announced by the IOC, but taken by Chinese organizers, are a foretaste of a package of measures to be released in October designed to prevent the Games from turning into a source of contamination.

Spectators were banned from almost all venues at the Tokyo 2020 Games after it was delayed a year by the global health crisis.

All domestic and international Games participants and workforce in the bubble, known as the “closed-loop management system,” will be tested daily.

The 2022 Beijing Olympics is scheduled for February 4 to 20.

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