Becoming an Olympian is a long and unpredictable journey rife with hurdles. But those arriving in Beijing for the 2022 Winter Games face yet another daunting challenge: COVID-19.
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It’s a lot to ask from a volunteer, but former Olympic physicians say the experience is worth it. “I knew I wasn’t going to make it there as an athlete,” said Dr. Mark Hutchinson, an orthopedist in Chicago. “But I thought that as a doctor, I could go and enjoy Olympic glory vicariously.”
For athletes going to Beijing, years of sacrifice could go to waste if they get the coronavirus now. To avoid it, they’re hunkering down, shunning friends and skipping competitions.
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The Beijing Winter Olympics is being hosted inside a veritable fortress -- known informally as the "bubble" -- that takes weeks of careful planning to successfully penetrate.
Designed to prevent the spread of Covid, the bubble is the most ambitious quarantine attempted anywhere since the start of the pandemic.
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With the Omicron variant spreading only weeks before the Beijing Games, Olympians and organizers are navigating a stretch run marked by isolation, inoculation and worry.
Beijing is about to become the first city to host both a winter and summer Olympics. However, this comes amid growing calls to boycott Beijing 2022, with critics labelling them the “Genocide Games”.
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Citing the “current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the International Olympic Committee said spectator tickets will no longer be sold for the Winter Games, which kick off February 4.
As China prepares for its new moment in the Olympic spotlight, it faces the most highly transmissible form of COVID-19 yet. Compared with America and Europe, it has a much smaller percentage of people protected by previous infections or access to the most effective vaccines. That’s why foreigners can’t attend the Games as spectators, and why domestic audiences will enter by invitation only.
It must cope with boycotts, covid and the unexpected.
Everyone will live, work and compete inside what authorities have termed a "closed loop"
This loop includes every winter sports competition and training site in Beijing as well as in nearby Yanqing and Zhangjiakou and in designated hotels where participants and other attendees will stay.
The testing in Beijing is robust and is reliable. It is the same type of PCR test that is used the world over. For the Games, the test is set at a very sensitive level because what we want to achieve is not to get Omicron into the closed-loop system
The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are at the crosshairs of two political crises: Accusations of human rights violations that have prompted several nations to declare diplomatic boycotts of the Games, and the rapid spread of the Omicron variant that raises questions about the appropriateness of athletes travelling from around the world to Beijing.
Olympic athletes, team staff and journalists who arrive at the Beijing 2022 Winter Games next February will be required to be vaccinated — or face a three-week "hard quarantine" period that lasts longer than the Games themselves. That's according to new guidelines from the International Olympic Committee.
The tradition of the Olympic Truce – “Ekecheiria” – involves ensuring a halt of all hostilities, allowing the safe passage and participation of athletes and spectators taking part in the Olympic Games. The resolution reaffirms that the Olympic values of peace, solidarity and respect are as important across the world today as they were over 3,000 years ago, when the ancient Olympic Games first took place in Greece.
The surge in infections even before the arrival of thousands of athletes, journalists and officials underscores the challenge Chinese organizers face in trying to hold the Games while sticking to Beijing’s “zero Covid” standards.
Competitors navigate a tense mix of issues around politics, free speech, security and strict pandemic protocols
Throughout the pandemic, Russia has pushed ahead with full-scale sports events, in which few participants have been masked even when not competing. Athletes have frequently been described as having pneumonia or undisclosed illnesses rather than Covid-19. Only half of the athletes representing the Russian Olympic Committee in Tokyo had been vaccinated.
China’s Winter Games are overshadowed by human rights problems and overreaching state surveillance.
Hosting the Winter Olympics during a pandemic was always going to test the Chinese government, by putting its ever-growing ability to exercise political control and virus containment on a collision course with its enthusiasm for international prestige and status.
Events will be held in 15 disciplines across seven sports at the Beijing 2022 Games.