Beijing Olympics organisers: Coronavirus virus will be key challenge

With 100 days remaining until the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics, the organisers have said that keeping the pandemic away from the games will be the key challenge. The sporting event will take place in the Asian country, where Covid-19 first appeared, French news agency AFP reports.
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games will take place from February 4 to 20 in the year 2022. As 100 days are left until the opening ceremony, China is battling a virus outbreak that has seen millions of people told to stay at home, mass testing across at least 11 provinces and brought many flights and trains to a standstill.
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On Wednesday, October 27, Zhang Jiandong, executive vice president of the Beijing Organising Committee, told a press conference: «The pandemic is the biggest challenge to the organisation of the Winter Olympics».
China’s strict rules «can reduce the risks and impact of Covid-19», he said, adding that those in the Games’ strict bubble who do not comply with anti-epidemic measures will face unspecified consequences. Importantly, Zhang noted to the press that «all preparations are complete» and venues finished, AFP reports.