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Beijing Olympic torch relay closed to public over COVID

A Man Walks Past A Promotion For The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, At The Olympic Park, Two Weeks Before The Start Of The 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, On A Snowy Day In Beijing On January 20, 2022. — Afp
A person walks previous a promotion for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, on the Olympic Park, two weeks earlier than the beginning of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games, on a snowy day in Beijing on January 20, 2022. — AFP 

BEIJING: The already scaled again Beijing Winter Olympics torch relay can be cordoned off from most people due to COVID measures, organisers mentioned on Friday.

The relay involving 1,200 torchbearers will happen throughout the Games’ three websites and in addition travel to vacationer sights such because the Great Wall from February 2 to 4, when the Olympics open.

“Safety will always be prioritised for this torch relay,” mentioned Yang Haibin, a Games organising committee official chargeable for the torch relay.

“Given epidemic control considerations… the torch relay and ceremonial activities will be arranged in safe and controllable closed venues.”

In a break with custom, there was no torch relay on Greek soil due to COVID earlier than the flame arrived in China.

Last October’s flame-lighting ceremony in Greece was disrupted by human rights activists.

Beijing will subsequent month host the world’s most restricted mass sporting occasion for the reason that pandemic, with all contributors required to function in a strict “bubble” minimize off from the surface world.

Organisers this week cancelled public ticket gross sales after the Chinese capital logged its first home Omicron outbreak.

Travel restrictions into Beijing have been tightened, with all guests needing to offer current adverse check outcomes, as China battles a number of nationwide outbreaks.

Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur for freedom of faith or perception, will participate within the torch relay and attend the Games, China’s international ministry mentioned Friday.

The run-up to the Games has been overshadowed by a diplomatic boycott led by the US over Beijing’s human rights report, together with abuses of the Uyghur Muslim minority within the Xinjiang area.

Yang added that the torch relay will keep away from public roads “to avoid disruption to locals’ lives and the organisation and running of the Games”.