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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

The Olympic flame arrived on Wednesday in Beijing, which will host the Winter Games in February 2022, 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 200 meters high, overlooking the north of the Chinese capital, where the flame will 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.

As happened then, calls were made abroad to boycott the Olympics, this time in defense of the conditions of Tibetans, Uyghurs and Hong Kong.

On Monday, protesters disrupted the lighting of the flame in Greece for a short period. They tried to raise a Tibetan flag and a banner reading “No to Genocide” before the security forces stopped their movement.

On Tuesday, political activists called on the International Olympic Committee to postpone the Olympics.

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This course will be organized in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The difference will be significant from the almost empty stadiums in Tokyo, where the matches will be played in the presence of the public, but no tickets will be sold except to people who live in China.

The Asian country has largely limited the arrival of foreigners since last year, in order to avoid the re-emergence of the epidemic on its soil, as it was able to eliminate “Covid” since the spring of 2020, with the exception of some sporadic foci.

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.