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Olympic Update

GAME ON Logos for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games are on display in Beijing, China. NOEL CELIS­—AFP/GETTY IMAGES

Organizers of the 2022 Winter Olympics, in Beijing, China, say only “selected” spectators will be allowed to attend the Games. No tickets will be sold to the general public. The announcement was made on January 17. It’s the latest step China has taken to fight another coronavirus outbreak.

The Beijing Olympics are scheduled to begin on February 4. It could be the most restricted large-scale sporting event since the pandemic began. The committee had already barred fans from outside China from attending.

Safety measures in China are becoming stricter with the spread of the Omicron variant. It is more contagious than past strains of the coronavirus. Beijing has confirmed its first case of Omicron. The variant was also found in Tianjin, about 70 miles from there.

At the Games, spectators will be allowed to clap. But they won’t be allowed to cheer. That can spread the virus. Robots will disinfect surfaces. Organizers say these measures will “create a pleasant environment for the holding of the Games.”

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