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Beijing residents disappointed Olympics will be closed event

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BEIJING (AP) — With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital are disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions.

Organizers have announced no tickets will be sold to the general public and only selected spectators will be allowed. Access to the famed National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and indoor venues in the heart of Beijing have been sealed off. People interviewed this week appeared understanding of the restrictions, although China allows no public protests, or opinion polling and tightly restricts the media and critical speech.

Beijing reported just one new case of the highly contagious omicron variant on Wednesday in Beijing, where parts of the city are under lockdown.

 

PHOTO INFO: A woman wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus takes a selfie with her companion against a Beijing Winter Olympics Mascot and Olympic Tower in Beijing, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. China has locked down parts of Beijing’s Haidian district following the detection of three cases, just weeks before the capital is to host the Winter Olympic Games. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

 

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