Spectators could attend Beijing 2022 take a look at occasions, organisers say

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BEIJING, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Spectators could also be invited to attend Beijing 2022 Olympic take a look at occasions, organisers mentioned on Monday, in a potential indication of what to anticipate at subsequent yr’s Winter Games.

Beijing 2022 officers, nevertheless, declined to provide additional particulars on the plans for spectators, together with COVID-19 necessities and the way to purchase tickets.

“If conditions allow we will arrange for spectators to attend certain competitions,” Yao Hui, Director of Beijing 2022’s Venue Management Department, advised a information convention, referring to check occasions beginning this week on the National Speed Skating Oval and at eight completely different Olympic venues earlier than the tip of the yr.

Foreigners collaborating within the take a look at occasions will need to have had a COVID-19 vaccine and on arrival in China should stick with guidelines akin to limiting their actions to competitors and coaching venues.

The presence of over 2,000 worldwide contributors presents a “massive test” for organisers, mentioned Huang Chun, Deputy Director of Beijing 2022’s COVID-19 Prevention and Control Office.

“This will undoubtedly and clearly increase the risk of the import and spread of COVID-19,” Huang mentioned.

Tickets for the Beijing Winter Olympics will probably be bought to spectators from mainland China solely, whereas unvaccinated athletes should spend 21 days in quarantine forward of the Games, the International Olympic Committee mentioned final week.

The Games begin on Feb. 4 and the Chinese capital will turn out to be the primary metropolis to have hosted each summer time and winter Olympics after additionally staging the 2008 summer time Games.

Reporting by Martin Quin Pollard, modifying by Ed Osmond

Staff members sit near a board with signs of the 2022 Olympic Winter Games, at the National Aquatics Center, known colloquially as the