‘MEANING' OF GAMES NOT LOST WITHOUT FANS
The Straits Times|January 21, 2022
Tokyo Olympics chief says Beijing Winter Games won’t be affected by virus restrictions

TOKYO Next month’s Beijing Winter Olympics can still be meaningful even with the general public locked out because of Covid-19, a top official from last year’s Tokyo Games has said.

China on Monday cancelled plans to sell Beijing Games tickets to the public as the number of virus cases in the country reached its highest level since March 2020.

Beijing 2022 chiefs then said that they will instead “organise spectators to watch the Feb 4-20 Games on-site”, without explaining how they will be selected.

The pandemic-postponed Tokyo Olympics were held almost entirely behind closed doors last summer, and Tokyo 2020 chief Toshiro Muto said his experience had shown the Games can thrive even without full stands.

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