Beijing Olympics to stop selling tickets to the general public due to coronavirus concerns

FILE PHOTO: The Chinese national flag flies behind the logo of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, January 14, 2022. REUTERS/Thomas Peter/File Photo/2022-01-17 21:40:20/

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which will start on the 4th of next month, have decided not to sell tickets to the general public due to concerns about the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).

According to Reuters on the 17th, the Beijing Olympic organizing committee said in a statement on the same day that due to the Corona 19, tickets were distributed to ‘specific groups’ and not sold to the general public. Earlier, in September last year, the organizing committee decided not to allow overseas audiences to watch the Olympics in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

“In view of the serious and complex situation of the current COVID-19 pandemic, in order to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators, it has been decided that tickets should no longer be sold and will invite specific groups of spectators according to the appropriate program,” the organizing committee explained. .

The Olympic Games, to be held in Beijing and nearby areas, will be held within a ‘closed ring’ that separates athletes and officials from the general public.

Most of the athletes arrive in Beijing by charter flight.

Last month, the North American Ice Hockey League (NHL), where the world’s best stars play, officially announced that it would not participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics, saying that 50 regular league games were postponed due to the re-spread of Corona 19.

China, which adheres to a strict ‘zero-corona’ policy, has been in an emergency since last month, when Corona 19 has risen again in various places. Omicron mutations are also rapidly spreading in recent years.

The Beijing Olympics will open overlapping the Chinese New Year holiday (January 31-February 6), the biggest holiday in China. it’s done

In fact, it means that the Olympics will be held at the worst time in terms of quarantine.

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