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No overseas fans allowed at 2022 Beijing Olympics

The Olympic flag waves at the Aomi Urban Sports Park ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in on July 22, 2021.

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 said Wednesday.

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 organisers, are a foretaste of a package of measures to be…

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