Despite the rise of omicron, IOC relies on closed Games bubble in Beijing

“We are not concerned that the increasing infections with the omicron variant also in China will affect the Games,” said Pierre Ducrey, the operational director who has been on site in Beijing for a week on behalf of the IOC.

The closed bubble completely separates everyone involved in the Games from the rest of the population in China. “Everyone in that bubble is very well protected, fully vaccinated and tested every day.”

More and more infections in China

In China, infections have also been detected in more and more cities in recent days and the populations of entire cities, such as Tianjin, located next to Beijing, are being tested.

The Olympics start on February 4.

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