Olympic chiefs urge Beijing Olympics participants to be ‘extra vigilant’

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A woman walks past images of snow sports ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at a subway station in Beijing on January 6, 2022.

A woman walks past images of snow sports ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at a subway station in Beijing on January 6, 2022. (Photo by WANG Zhao / AFP)

Olympic chiefs on Wednesday urged all participants at next month’s Winter Games in Beijing to be “extra vigilant” as COVID-19 infections hit unprecedented case levels in several countries.

At a closed-door meeting with national Olympic committees, Beijing 2022 organizers and international federations, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) dismissed any idea of a postponement of the February 4-20 Games because of coronavirus.

Everything is on track to stage a safe Olympic Winter Games for all participants and the Chinese people, reported Juan Antonio Samaranch, chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022.

But in the face of a surge of the Omicron strain of COVID-19, notably across Europe and in…

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