Beijing Olympics: Omicron Leaves Plans For Spectators Up In The Air

Beijing Olympics: Omicron Leaves Plans For Spectators Up In The Air

Andrew H. Sweet

With just one month until the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the resurgence of coronavirus infections in China threatens the country's ability to allow fans at the games while maintaining a goal of "zero COVID."Chinese President Xi Jinping has stressed that the country is fully "prepared" for the Olympics, but Beijing has yet to disclose how many spectators will be allowed if any.

The games, slated to kick off February 4, will feature 109 events, the most for a Winter Olympics, with about 2,900 athletes taking part.

The Paralympics will be held March 4-13 with roughly 600 athletes.

"The organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee said that spectators will be limited to those living in China in late September.

But details such as the number of attendees, how the tickets will be sold, and the conditions for entry, such as vaccination, have yet to be announced.

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