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China abstains from selling tickets to general public for Beijing Olympics

China on Monday announced that it will restrain selling tickets to the general public for the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

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Beijing Communist Party Secretary and President of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee Cai Qi poses with the Olympic flame at the ceremony to welcome the flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing (Photo: Reuters)
Beijing Communist Party Secretary and President of the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee Cai Qi poses with the Olympic flame at the ceremony to welcome the flame for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing (Photo: Reuters)

on Monday announced that it will restrain selling tickets to the general public for the and Paralympics.

As per the organizers, the move comes amid community infections of the highly contagious Omicron variant that have been expanding in China, reported Kyodo News.

Spectator tickets for the sporting event, slated to start February 4, are expected to be distributed to a limited number of people through government organizations and state-run companies to prevent the further outbreak of COVID-19 at home.

The decision indicated that President Xi Jinping, who has been eager to cement his grip to secure a controversial third term as the leader at the Communist Party's twice-a-decade congress in fall, has given up hosting the Olympics in complete form, pundits said, reported Kyodo News.

In a speech online Monday at a session of the World Economic Forum, Xi was quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency as expressing confidence that will present a streamlined, safe and splendid Olympics to the world.

In September 2021, the Olympic Committee unveiled a basic slate of preventive steps against the spread of the virus at the Games, including a ban on all spectators except residents of mainland China, reported Kyodo News.

"Tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China's mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures," the IOC said in a press release at the time.

The Tokyo Games last summer, postponed for a year due to the pandemic, were held without spectators at almost all venues.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Tue, January 18 2022. 08:18 IST
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