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The Olympic torch for the 2022 Winter Games arrives in China

The Olympic torch for the 2022 Winter Games arrives in China

Beijing – AFP

The Olympic flame arrived in Beijing, which will host the Winter Games in February 2022, on Wednesday, a day after protests by anti-China rights activists when it was lit in Greece.

An official ceremony was held in the Olympic Tower, the gigantic steel building more than two hundred meters high overlooking the north of the Chinese capital; Where will the torch be placed.

A choir of children received the flame before it was transferred to the cauldron of Kai Zhi, the Chinese Communist Party Secretary in Beijing.

“The traditional torch relay will take place from the second to the fourth of February 2022, on match sites, with the participation of about 1,200 torchbearers, in addition to the online relay,” said Zhang Jiandong, executive vice president of the organizing committee, on Wednesday.

He seems to be hinting that this three-day relay will be the only one in the country.

About 2,900 athletes from 85 countries will participate in the Games, which will be held from February 4-20.

On this occasion, the Chinese capital will become the first city in the world to organize a Winter Games after hosting the 2008 Summer Games.

This course will be organized in light of the continuing epidemic of “Covid-19”. The difference will be huge from the almost empty stadiums in Tokyo; The matches will be played in the presence of the public, but no tickets will be sold except to people who live in China.

Athletes participating in the Beijing Olympics will have one of two options, either to have received a full vaccine or to be quarantined for 21 days upon arrival.

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And local media reported on Wednesday that the city of Beijing is offering its residents a third dose of an anti-Covid vaccine.