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The International Paralympic Committee says Russians and Belarusians at the Winter Paralympics in Beijing will compete as “neutral athletes” because of their countries’ roles in the war against Ukraine.
For two weeks and more at daily news briefings, China’s stance on questions about its politics and policies has been straightforward: It’s the Olympics, and we’re not talking about these things.
The estimated official costs were $13.6 billion, according to organizers. Part of the reduction was because there were no fans — forced by the pandemic — and therefore vastly reduced labor costs.
A video call between Olympic officials and Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai was meant to reassure the world that she was safe — but instead has raised more questions.
Some of the world’s most famous tennis players, distraught by the disappearance of colleague Peng Shuai, are challenging China’s Communist Party to get answers.
The two-person team of Zakia Khudadadi and Hossain Rasouli had flown from Kabul to Paris before continuing on to Tokyo, the IPC said.
The ban came hours after a state of emergency in the capital starting from Monday, declared by Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to contain rising COVID-19 cases.
The president of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has repeated that banning fans from venues is still an option with the games opening in just three weeks.
Organizers set a limit of 50 percent capacity — up to a maximum of 10,000 fans, all of whom must be Japanese residents — for each Olympic venue.
The safest way to hold the Tokyo Olympics is without any fans, the top medical adviser to the Japanese government said in a report on Friday.
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