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2022 Beijing Winter Olympics outlook: Analysis Updated: 2022-01-19 17:08:36 KST

The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are just over two weeks away.
What are we expecting at this year's Games and what impact does the pandemic have on this global sporting event?
For more, we have Mr. Yoo Jee-ho, sports writer at Yonhap News Agency joining us live.
Mr, Yoo. Thanks for joining us.

First of all, how many athletes from how many countries are expected to take part in this year's Beijing Winter Olympics?
Is it scaled down because of the pandemic?

How do you forecast South Korean athletes to fare in Beijing in terms of medal prospects?
Four years ago in PyeongChang, South Korea earned five gold medals, eight silver, and four bronze.

Who are the Korean athletes that are gaining attention?
And what events should we be focusing on? Perhaps, speed skating, figure skating, snowboard, curling to name a few.

We also expect to watch world famous Olympians at this sporting event.
Tell us some names that we don't want to miss.

What are the disease prevention measures like in Beijing? Concerns are growing due to the Omicron variant.
It was reported earlier this week that tickets for the events are not on sale to the general public.
Will the Games go ahead almost entirely behind closed doors like the Tokyo Summer Games?

Mr. Yoo Jee-ho, sports writer at Yonhap News Agency. Many thanks for your insights.
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