2022 Winter Olympics will not be affected by latest strain of COVID-19

Interior view of Capital Indoor Stadium is seen on November 24, 2021 in Beijing, China. Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing will be the venue for figure skating and short track speed skating in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing will proceed as planned despite the worldwide concern regarding the new Omicron strain of COVID-19.

The Ministry’s spokesman Zhao Lijian said in a briefing on Tuesday, “I believe it will definitely pose some challenge to our efforts to prevent and control the virus but as China has experience in preventing and controlling the coronavirus, I fully believe that China will be able to host the Winter Olympics as scheduled, smoothly and successfully.”

The 2022 Winter Olympics will take place from February 4 to 20 in Beijing, China. Figure skating events are scheduled from the day of the opening ceremony until the day of the closing ceremony – starting with the team event, then the men’s discipline, ice dance, women’s discipline, the pairs’ event, and culminating with the exhibition gala.

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