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Beijing Olympics kick off under Covid’s cloud, fear of rights

Overshadowing rights concerns, the Winter Olympics, amid a strict Covid safe bubble, will officially begin on Friday with the opening ceremony at the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing.

The grid arena became the central stage for the 2008 Olympic Games. This is considered a party to China’s world, and will happen again as Beijing becomes the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics.

The opening ceremony will begin at 8 pm (Greenwich Mean Time 1200) and will be attended by President Xi Jinping. Under President Xi Jinping’s rule, China has become more daring than it was 14 years ago.

The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, which announces the official opening of the convention, will be joined by leaders such as Russia’s Vladimir Putin, while the United States, United Kingdom, Canada and Australia will diplomatically discuss China’s human rights records, especially the fate of Muslims. It is one of the countries that have a target boycott. A minority in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Other countries have cited the coronavirus pandemic because they did not dispatch authorities.

Putin praised Russia’s ties to China in Moscow’s relations between the United States and Europe, which was tense due to the buildup of troops at the Ukrainian border.

“They are of a truly unprecedented nature,” he said after discussing with Xi before the ceremony.

Countries where leaders are moving away are still sending players to tournaments in a vast “closed loop” designed to stop the virus.

The opening ceremony will be attended by some spectators, but it is unknown how many people did not sell their tickets to the public due to a pandemic, such as a sporting event at the Games.

The show is the mastermind behind the acclaimed Chinese film director Yi-Mou Zhang, who was behind the 2008 turmoil.

Zhang promised a “fully innovative” ceremony, but the pandemic and sub-zero weather compared to the summer game where 15,000 performers participated in a gorgeous gala featuring opera singers, acrobats and drummers. Admitted to limiting its scale.

About 3,000 performers participated this time, and the theme included “environmental protection and low-carbon emissions,” Zhang told the state media earlier.

However, China’s claim that these will be “green games” has been challenged by some experts as it is one of the driest places in the country and is almost entirely on artificial snow. Has been done.

-View from a distance-

Big Covid concerns are imminent in these games. Approximately 3,000 athletes and tens of thousands of support staff, volunteers and media have been separated from the general population of Beijing.

China, where the virus broke out in late 2019, is pursuing a nationally nonsense Zero-COVID policy, taking the same approach to the game, and everyone in the bubble needs to be tested daily and always wear a mask. I have.

There are more than 300 Covid cases in the bubble, including an unknown number of athletes.

Unlike the big celebrations that celebrated the opening ceremony in 2008, this time the locals need to enjoy it on TV.

Speaking on the streets of the capital, 31-year-old Yin Rui said he wanted to watch it on TV.

“People will support the Olympics even if they are at home,” she told AFP, adding that “everyone’s enthusiasm remains” for the Olympics.

Apart from the ceremony, figure skating began with enthusiastic American Nathan Chen, who warns current Japanese champion Yuzuru Hanyu by giving his personal best score in the men’s single short program at the team tournament. rice field.

The two will compete for a gold medal in the long-awaited men’s single event starting Tuesday.



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