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additional caveat I forgot, this was COVID/Omicron related not boycott related.  NHL gave the marching orders for this one.

Well, I guess we have for a Miracle On Ice Jr.  we will probably be fitted with a lot of college prospects for this party.  Luckily, the USA college pool is pretty freakin deep right now, so we should be competitive.

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That may be true with the American college kids, but I think this will be mostly non-NHL American pros. But perhaps the Chinese men's team may have dodged a serious bullet here thanks to Omicron and won't be shellacked as bad in their brutal group with no NHL players involved again. Almost.

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Victory Ceremony Elements of Beijing 2022 Games Unveiled

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On the evening of December 31, 2021 when the New Year’s bell rings for 2022, the victory ceremonies elements for Beijing 2022 Games were officially released. The VC elements released include the podium, the tray, the tray stands/tables, the customized version of mascot gifts for medallist, the VC bouquet and the VC costumes.

The victory ceremony is a highlight moment for medallist in the Olympic Games, and it is the best way to express congratulations and respect to them. The victory ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Games is based on the theme of "Ice and Snow, Glory and Honor". VC elements are combined with shining medals, cheering for the outstanding performance of those ice and snow athletes, paying a tribute to their fighting spirit, and at the same time showing the unique charm of Chinese etiquette culture.

 

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Outfits are okay (although very similar to Pyeongchang's), but the podium looks extremely uninspired, same for the mascot gifts. I prefer Soohorang with the funny graduation hat

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So - four-and-a-half weeks to go and still no word on whether any (and if, how many) domestic spectators will be permitted. With recent outbreaks such as in Xi'an and Omicron raging worldwide, how realistic do you think it is at this point we will see spectators at these games?

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8 hours ago, munichfan said:

So - four-and-a-half weeks to go and still no word on whether any (and if, how many) domestic spectators will be permitted. With recent outbreaks such as in Xi'an and Omicron raging worldwide, how realistic do you think it is at this point we will see spectators at these games?

Its on the uptick in China, and its getting worse, and its spreading.  Its just starting to get bad and out of control in China, despite their best efforts.  I am the ultimate cynical person to be absolutely grinning at that news.  I cant wait to see their fancy bubble burst and watch their games become a complete embarrassment.

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North Korea to miss Beijing 2022.

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North Korea to skip Beijing Winter Olympics

North Korea blamed "hostile forces" and the worldwide pandemic for not being able to attend the upcoming Winter Olympics in Beijing and accused the United States and its allies of trying to prevent the Games' success, state media said on Friday.

North Korea's Olympic Committee and Ministry of Physical Culture and Sports sent a letter to counterparts in China, including the Beijing Olympics organising committee, expressing their support for the Games despite their absence, KCNA news agency reported.

North Korea was suspended from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) until the end of 2022, meaning it will miss out on the Beijing Winter Games, after failing to send a team to the Tokyo Olympics last year, citing COVID-19 concerns.

"We could not take part in the Olympics due to the hostile forces' moves and the worldwide pandemic, but we would fully support the Chinese comrades in all their work to hold splendid and wonderful Olympic festival," the letter said, according to KCNA.

The letter criticised moves by the United States and its allies as "an insult to the spirit of the international Olympic Charter and as a base act of attempting to disgrace the international image of China."

In December, the White House announced U.S. government officials will boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics because of China's human rights "atrocities," while leaving U.S. athletes free to travel to Beijing to compete.

Several other countries, including Britain, Australia, and Canada have also since announced diplomatic boycotts.

"The U.S. and its vassal forces are getting evermore undisguised in their moves against China aimed at preventing the successful opening of the Olympics," the North Korean letter said.

North Korea said preparations for the Games were being successfully made "under the correct leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping despite the worldwide health crisis."

Date:2022/1/07

News source:Nikkei Asia

Link to this article:https://asia.nikkei.com/Spotlight/Sports/Beijing-Winter-Olympics/North-Korea-to-skip-Beijing-Winter-Olympics

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What an interesting new twist. Wasn't there a similar concern for Sochi 2014, though? Anyway, wonder what's the USOC's stance on this, if anything, considering other NOC's are taking these steps for their athletes. 

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Clap, don't chant: China aims for 'Zero COVID' Olympics

Athletes will need to be vaccinated — or face a long quarantine — take tests daily and wear masks when not competing or training. Clapping is OK to cheer on teammates, not chanting. Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 will be sent into isolation and unable to compete until cleared for discharge.

Welcome to the Beijing Olympics, where strict containment measures will aim to create a virus-proof “bubble” for thousands of international visitors at a time when omicron is fueling infections globally.

The prevention protocols will be similar to those at the Tokyo Games this summer, but much tighter. That won't be a stretch in Beijing, with China having maintained a “Zero COVID" policy since early in the pandemic.

Still, China's ability to stick to its zero-tolerance approach nationally is already being tested by the highly transmissible omicron variant, which is more contagious than earlier variants of the virus and better able to evade protection from vaccines.

With just weeks to go before the Feb. 4 start of the Games, more than 20 million people in six cities are under lockdown after recent outbreaks.

Here’s how the Games will work.

DO ATHLETES HAVE TO BE VACCINATED?

Yes, athletes and other participants including team staff and news media need to be fully vaccinated to be allowed in the designated Olympic areas without completing a 21-day quarantine. Those areas will consist of the Olympic Village, game venues, other select spots and dedicated transport.

That’s different from the Tokyo Games, where participants didn’t have to be vaccinated.

Participants are considered fully vaccinated according to the definitions outlined by their countries. Before boarding their flights, everyone also needs to provide two recent negative tests from approved labs.

The threat of being sidelined by a positive test is adding to the pressure for athletes.

Mogul skier Hannah Soar said she's avoiding contact with people indoors and behaving as if everyone has the virus: “We’re basically at the point of acting like it’s March 2020.”

WHAT ABOUT DAILY LIFE?

Upon arrival at the airport in Beijing, participants will have their temperatures taken and be tested with throat and nasal swabs. An Olympics official who recently arrived on site said at a press briefing the process took him 45 minutes, though organizers note times might vary.

A bus will then take people to their designated lodging, where they’ll wait up to six hours for test results to clear them to move about in approved areas. Restrictions on movement within that “closed loop” are intended to seal off any potential contact between Olympic participants and the local population.

Throat swabs for testing will be required daily for all participants. In Tokyo, participants spit into vials for antigen tests.

Standard prevention measures are being encouraged, such as ventilating rooms and keeping a distance of about 3 feet (1 meter) from others – or 6 feet (2 meters) from athletes.

Masks that are N95 or of a similar caliber will also be required in indoor and outdoor areas with few exceptions, such as when people are eating or drinking. Dining halls will have partitions and seating capacity will be reduced to help maintain distancing.

In spaces where distancing isn’t possible, such as elevators, talking isn’t allowed. Staff will be stationed in key areas to help guide people and ensure protocols are being followed.

WHAT HAPPENS IF AN ATHLETE TESTS POSITIVE?

In Tokyo, organizers say 33 athletes tested positive during the Games. Of those, 22 were withdrawn from from competition. Even with the tightened precautions in Beijing, experts say some positive tests are likely, especially with omicron in play.

If an athlete or other participant tests positive but doesn’t have symptoms, they’ll need to go into isolation in a dedicated hotel. They’ll be provided with meals and can open their windows for fresh air but won’t be able to leave their rooms, which organizers say will be about 270 square feet (25 square meters).

Athletes can request fitness equipment for training.

People with no symptoms can leave isolation after two days of negative tests. Organizers say those testing positive will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis, but it might still be too late for athletes to compete.

As a general rule, organizers say the panel will review those who keep testing positive for more than 14 days.

Those who test positive and have symptoms have to go into isolation in a hospital. They’ll also need to two days of negative tests to be let loose, as well as three days of normal temperatures and symptoms subsiding.

Organizers have said athletes who recover after testing positive ahead of the Games will also be assessed on a case-by-case basis in a “more flexible manner."

WILL THERE BE FANS?

Spectators from overseas won’t be allowed. As for local fans, Beijing organizers say they're finalizing rules for their attendance.

It's not clear how the recent outbreaks around China will factor into the decisions. But organizers of the Tokyo Games had also planned to allow some domestic fans, before scrapping the idea because a surge in local cases. The result was surreal scenes of athletes competing in empty stadiums.

Even if some fans are allowed in Beijing, their presence will be muted. Everyone is being asked to clap instead of shouting or singing, as had been the plan in Tokyo.

CAN IT WORK?

Despite the omicron-fueled surge hitting many parts of the world including China, organizers may still be able to pull off the Olympics without as much disruption as some fear.

Olympic athletes are highly motivated to avoid infection so they can compete, noted Dr. Sandro Galea, a public health expert at Boston University. And even if it's harder with omicron, he noted it’s no mystery what people need to do to avoid infection — take prevention measures, such as limiting exposure to others.

AP Sports Writer Pat Graham contributed from Denver.

The Associated Press Health and Science Department receives support from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Department of Science Education. The AP is solely responsible for all content

Date:2022/1/15

Link:https://buffalonews.com/lifestyles/health-med-fit/clap-dont-chant-china-aims-for-zero-covid-olympics/article_8d444e2a-b5cd-5a69-97ad-15f47b3a01c1.html

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29 minutes ago, Palette86 said:

Funny news title even though China has not officially announced they would have spectators or not.:D

They said they would allow spectators but only from Beijing for what I understood, in order to keep coherency with the bubble concept. Also spectators must get quarintined after attending events.

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4 hours ago, Ikarus360 said:

They said they would allow spectators but only from Beijing for what I understood, in order to keep coherency with the bubble concept. Also spectators must get quarintined after attending events.

Is that official? Last thing I heard was a decision is due within weeks, which was at some point in December. With Omicron and more cities in Lockdown I do not expect any spectators at this point.

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