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Weekend Reads: Winter OJ: The volunteers enter the health bubble in Beijing

Chinese city lifts some restrictions after 3-week lockdown

  Chinese city lifts some restrictions after 3-week lockdown BEIJING (AP) — State media are reporting the Chinese city of Xi’an has gradually begun lifting restrictions after over three weeks of lockdown as authorities sought to stamp out a local outbreak. State-owned broadcaster CCTV reported Sunday that certain counties and development zones in Xi'an had begun restoring production, citing a news conference by Xi’an officials. They also said that lockdown measures had been either partially or completely lifted in some communities that have been designated as lower risk, allowing people to leave their homes for a limited time to purchase daily necessities.

after the athletes, it was the volunteers who made their entrance on Tuesday in the health bubble to prevent any contact between the population and the delegations during the games Winter Olympics in Beijing. Reporting.

with our correspondent in Beijing, Stéphane Lagarde

"For our country, let's go! "For our people, in combat! In the middle of the flags, the national anthem and slogans have sounded this Tuesday on Tiananmen Square for the entrance ceremony of the Chinese teams in the Winter Games Health Bulley. A ceremony led by the Wu Dajing speed skater.

Chinese athletes are at the same regime as foreign athletes: once entered the "closed loop", as the organizers calls, they will no longer be able to get out before the end of the competitions. The same goes for the volunteers who will be inside.

NBC will not send announcers to Beijing for Winter Games

  NBC will not send announcers to Beijing for Winter Games NBC will not be sending its announcers and most hosts to the Beijing Olympics due to continued concerns about rising COVID-19 cases worldwide and China's strict policy about those who test positive. It will be the second straight Games for which the broadcast teams will work mostly out of NBC Sports headquarters in Stamford, Connecticut, rather than the host city. “Something significant has changed virtually every day for the last three months, forcing us to adjust our plan numerous times. And I expect that to continue as well as the challenge of doing the Olympics,” said Molly Solomon, the head of NBC's Olympics production unit.

"The closed loop" starts this week. We, the volunteers, let's live in, a little as if we were in quarantine. It is a rich experience of being able to participate in the Games, is enthusiastic about this English student at a Beijing University. As ordinary citizens, we do not often have the opportunity to attend international events. »

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70 days without getting out of the bubble

The training of the volunteers is worthy of those of the champions, with bags sands for those who will give the medals. Among the criteria of selection of candidates in universities: a race for 3,800 meters and other physical tests; Two Covid tests, and a complete vaccination path to present before entering the bubble. By counting the Olympic and Paralympic Games, the more quarantine at the exit, they will have no contact with the outside for 70 days.

Beijing Olympics will showcase hockey's next generation

  Beijing Olympics will showcase hockey's next generation The disappointment of the NHL not participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics quickly turned to excitement for a handful of U.S. players at the world junior championship. Matty Beniers, Jake Sanderson and Brock Faber were together in Red Deer, Alberta, when USA Hockey’s John Vanbiesbrouck asked them to go to Beijing. “I was kind of blown out of my shoes,” Beniers said. All three said yes. While Connor McDavid, Auston Matthews and Nathan MacKinnon will not get the chance to play in their first Olympics, the men’s hockey tournament in Beijing could be a showcase for the next generation of talent, with 2021 top pick Owen Power expected to suit up for Canada and Beniers, Sanderson

"Follow the footsteps of our president," "Beat to be the first, never give up" still chanted athletes on Tiananmen Square by taking the slogan of these Olympics: "Together for a common future".

A total of 6,000 volunteers, including the majority outside the bubble, participate in these games, according to Beijing news. Other sources speak of 27,000 volunteers, including 13,000 for the Paralympic Games. With, as for athletes, the mission to show the best image of the Chinese capital and China.

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OJ 2022. China asks the United States to "stop disturbing" the Beijing Olympic Games .
© Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP Chinese Minister Wang Yi, called the United States to " Stop disrupting the Beijing Olympics. This Thursday, China, via its Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, called the United States to "stop disrupting" the Beijing Olympic Games, which will begin on February 4th. The US announced a diplomatic boycott of winter Olympics in China.

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