China bans foreign fans from attending Beijing winter Olympics in 2022


Foreign fans will be banned from attending the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing after organisers outlined strict Covid-19 rules for the event on Wednesday.

The International Olympic Committee revealed that only fans from mainland China will be able to attend the Games, which is scheduled to take place from February 2022.

Fans who are allowed to attend will still need to meet some yet to be decided coronavirus criteria.

“Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered,” the IOC said

All attendees will enter a strict bubble upon arrival that covers Games-related areas and stadiums as well as accommodation, catering and the opening and closing ceremonies.

The decisions, announced by the IOC but taken by Chinese organisers, are a foretaste of a package of measures to be released in October designed to prevent the Games from turning into a source of contamination.

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