Thursday, September 29, 2022

IOC Assures Teams Winter Olympics In Beijing Will Go Ahead

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GENEVA, Switzerland (AP) — A day after Switzerland’s team leader asked for talks about possibly postponing the Beijing Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic, the IOC promised officials worldwide on Wednesday the Winter Games will go ahead as planned.

The Swiss Olympic committee said the IOC gave assurances about staging next month’s event during a video conference call with teams.

The International Olympic Committee also promised case-by-case assessments of athletes who recover after testing positive for COVID-19 ahead of travelling to China, the Swiss team said in a statement.

“The issue of a postponement is no longer relevant to all of us,” Swiss team leader Ralph Stöckli said in the statement.

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The International Olympic Committee is hoping to avoid a second straight delay. The Tokyo Games, originally scheduled to be held in 2020, were postponed by one year. That decision was made four months before the scheduled opening ceremony.

However, Stöckli raised concerns about going ahead with the Beijing Olympics amid rising numbers of athletes being infected by COVID-19 when speaking Tuesday in a Swiss television interview.

“We must really discuss the possibility of a postponement of the Games,” Stöckli had told French-language state broadcaster RTS. “If we don’t have the best athletes there, that’s going to be very, very difficult.”

After listening to the IOC on Wednesday, the Swiss Olympic team said it is “happy to now have some certainty on this subject”.

Another Swiss concern that was eased Wednesday related to waiting times after recovering from a COVID-19 infection before an athlete would be allowed to enter China. The IOC and Chinese organisers announced that a panel of international experts will evaluate individual cases and handle the issue in a “more flexible manner” the Swiss team said.

“It’s a positive signal,” Stöckli said, otherwise given the high current case rates “we would have had to assume many athletes, no longer presenting any risk of infection, would have been deprived of their dream of participating in the Olympic Games”.

Still, the team noted “very demanding” conditions to compete, qualify and prepare with the opening ceremony on February 4 only 30 days away.

Stöckli acknowledged Wednesday “there will probably be disappointments” for athletes who end up being unable to compete.

Beijing organisers and the IOC are creating a health safety bubble for the Olympics with stricter testing and limits on travel and movement than were enforced at last year’s Tokyo Games.

The rules include a 21-day quarantine for athletes, officials and workers not fully vaccinated, daily testing even for vaccinated people and also keeping local staff within the bubble.

International fans are again being kept away though tickets to attend events in stadiums will be sold to people living in China.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. Nudge, you are The Mother Of All Trolls. The nerve to call anyone a troll on here, urgh! I’m offended. Trolling is what you do on here all day, everyday – under the many aliases spewing your lies and misinformation.

    China is run by a dictator who’s taken a totalitarian approach in dealing with this pandemic. In Provinces with even the slightest outbreak, residents are confined to lock-downs so extreme, where only ONE family member is allowed to leave their residence, ONCE every two days to get necessities such as groceries. The government has taken draconian measures in dealing and containing outbreaks in the country. Do you advocate for these measures in the island too?

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/lockdown-of-chinese-city-leave-13-million-stranded-11641314909

    https://www.bmj.com/content/375/bmj.n2756

    Let’s not forget that China gave us this plague and lied about it. Up to this day, they won’t allow for outside investigations into the origin of the virus. Can’t really believe anything coming out of there through that government to be honest. They have shown to be distrustful time and time again.

    So please, when you want to run your trap on here, do your diligent research first. When it comes to honesty, choice and freedom, China definitely is not the way to look. They are anything but….

  2. China has led the world in successfully combatting the bio-weapon unleashed against the world by the Fauci gang. By allowing the Winter Games to proceed on schedule, China will prove that the fear porn used to promote ineffective western vaccines does not faze them. They are eager to prove that foreign athletes on their soil do not pose a risk to their citizens; they welcome the “Omicron tourism” that will mark the beginning of the end for the Covid-19 pandemic!

    Hence, we will note the spate of concern trolls, like Angel, clamoring for more lockdowns and event cancellations – they do not want the Omicron “cold” to displace the Delta scourge.

  3. I’d def sit this madness out if I was a competing athlete. Not worth the risk.
    Lately, the IOC has especially shown to be more about itself and interest, than the safety of athletes and the communities involved in these events.
    Risking health and safety on an event not deemed necessary is just irresponsible.

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