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China says tickets for Beijing Winter Olympics will not be sold to general public due to COVID-19 Updated: 2022-01-18 12:29:38 KST

Only select spectators will be able to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics in person due to concerns over the spread of the Omicron variant.
This comes as organizers announced Monday that no tickets will be sold for the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, due to the "grave and complicated situation of the pandemic."
Instead, they said they would invite groups of spectators to attend the Games in person.
They also explained the invited spectators will strictly abide by COVID-19 countermeasures to ensure the safe running of the Games.
The measures come as Chinese President Xi Jinping underscored Beijing's confidence in making the Games a success during a virtual address to the 2022 Economic Forum.

"We are confident that China will present a streamlined, safe and splendid Games to the world. The official motto for Beijing 2022 is 'Together for a Shared Future.' Indeed, let us join hands with full confidence, and work together for a shared future."

Earlier, the International Olympic Committee said tickets will only be sold to spectators living in mainland China who meet certain COVID-19 safety requirements.
During the Games, athletes will not be required to get COVID-19 vaccinations, but those who are unvaccinated will have to spend 21 days in quarantine upon arriving in the Chinese capital.
Kim Hyo-sun, Arirang News.
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