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Beijing to offer Olympic tickets to ‘selected’ spectators

BEIJING ( Associated Press) – Only “selected” spectators will be allowed at next month’s Beijing Olympics amid the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said on Monday.

Beijing had already announced that no fans from outside the country would be allowed at the events, and it had not offered tickets to the general public.

Monday’s announcement, posted on the organizing committee’s website, confirmed expectations that the Winter Games would have fewer spectators at the venues, in far stricter conditions than those imposed during last year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

China has largely avoided a large-scale virus outbreak, including lockdowns, mass testing for COVID-19 and travel restrictions, although it remains in the port of Tianjin, about an hour from Beijing. continues to fight growth in many cities, including Over the weekend, the capital confirmed that a 26-year-old woman had contracted the Omicron version of the virus and has tested more than 13,000 people looking for cases of cross transmission.

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In its statement, the organizing committee said its measures are aimed at “creating a conducive environment for holding the Games”.

“In view of the difficult and complex task of controlling the pandemic, and to protect the health and safety of those involved in the Games, the original scheme of ticketing the general public has been changed to cater to select groups of spectators,” the statement said. has given.”


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