Organizing Committee Makes Surprising Decision on Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

Published 10/02/2021, 12:13 AM EDT


Olympic fans are still recovering from the sadness of missing out on watching their favorite Olympians live. Giving fans one more piece of shocking news, the International Olympic Committee has banned foreign spectators at the Beijing Olympics in 2022.

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The pandemic restrictions would continue, and only the mainland people of China will be allowed at the stadiums as spectators. Olympic athletes will have to be fully vaccinated or will face 21 days’ quarantine.

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Strict “bubble” for athletes

IOC triumphed over the pandemic to organize safe summer Olympic games. Given the success they had, the restrictions on athletes will continue at the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022. Athletes will be confined to a strict bubble as soon as they land at the Winter Games, and would be only allowed to go out for tournaments and ceremonies. They will also go through daily testing to ensure everyone’s safety.

A man walks past a board with a sign of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at an exhibition hall during an organised media tour to venues of the Games in Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, China July 14, 2021. Picture taken July 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tingshu Wang

The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 begins from the 4th of February to the 20th of February. Games will take place at Beijing’s National Stadium, popularly known as the Bird’s Nest. Notably, hosting the Winter Olympics will make Beijing the first city in history to host both the summer and winter games.

Announcing the news to foreign fans, the official Instagram page of Olympics posted, “Beijing 2022, the next Winter Olympic Games (coming up in only 127 days)announced that spectator tickets will only be available to residents in China’s mainland in order to deliver a safe and successful Winter Olympics.”

 

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Locals fans allowed at Beijing Winter Olympics 2022

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Unfortunately, the foreign spectators cannot attend the games. But unlike Tokyo Olympics 2020, where there was a 100% spectator ban, at least the fans in China will get to watch Olympians live.

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IOC acknowledged Beijing city’s achievement of holding summer and winter Olympics. IOC said, “will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China by giving those spectators a first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience of elite winter sports, as well as bringing a favorable atmosphere to the venues”.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shown the world some unpredictable times. Do you think the IOC will be able to deliver a safe Winter Olympics as well?

 

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Shreya Verma

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Shreya Verma is a sports writer at EssentiallySports. A post graduation student in political science, Shreya is also a professional 10m air pistol shooter. As her father was an athlete, she was naturally inclined towards the athletic life.

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