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Women wearing face masks to help protect from COVID-19 walk against a decoration for the Winter Olympics Games as they visit Tiananmen Square in Beijing. With just over two weeks before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics, residents of the Chinese capital say they're disappointed at not being able to attend events because of coronavirus restrictions that have seen parts of the city placed under lockdown. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

The Latest in Sports and COVID-19:
Olympic Ban Disappoints Chinese Fans as Fears Over Omicron Continue

The coronavirus outbreak has forced difficult decisions for the sports-event industry. As events come back online and as destinations, venues and event organizers determine capacity limits for fans along with health and safety protocols for their events, here is a look at where things stand. NBA 2021–2022 Fan Policies for COVID | NHL 2021–2022 Fan […]

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Workers deliver a cart loaded with equipment to a commercial plaza at the Winter Olympic Village in Beijing. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

No Decision Yet on Spectators at Olympic Games

Three weeks out from the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games, no decision has been made yet on whether domestic spectators will be allowed at the venues, the International Olympic Committee said on Wednesday. But IOC officials said the “closed loop” system of testing and keeping Olympic athletes and officials isolated from the Chinese […]

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Mikaela Shiffrin prepares to start of the women's World Cup giant slalom race in Courchevel, France on December 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Giovanni Maria Pizzato)

Olympic Notebook: Shiffrin Among Latest to Test Positive for COVID as Beijing Protocol Fears Grow

Two-time Olympic champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the United States is the latest elite skier to test positive for COVID-19 with the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games less than six weeks away in Beijing, which has so far refused to yield on its strict protocols with the easily transmissable omicron variant spreading throughout the world. […]

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The U.S. Olympic team marches into Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremonies of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City on February 8, 2002. (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)

USOPC Making Progress on Potential 2030 Olympic Winter Games Bid

The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee says it will work with the Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games to work toward a potential 2030 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games bid. The USOPC board approved a resolution saying it will continue work on the feasibility of a 2030 bid during its meeting this week […]

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Carolina Hurricanes' Teuvo Teravainen (86) celebrates his goal with teammates Brendan Smith (7), Maxime Lajoie (42) and Nino Niederreiter (21) during the second period of an NHL game against the Buffalo Sabres in Raleigh, North Carolina, on December 4, 2021. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

NHL Players Concerned About Beijing’s COVID Protocols

One of the spotlight events for the upcoming 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, the return of NHL players to the men’s hockey competition, has been overshadowed the past week by another team shutdown and questions from several players about what China has planned for potential positive tests. The realization that — according to China’s […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandDay 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting.Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
Day 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting is held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

Countdown to Beijing 2022: Boycotts, Criticism and Problem Childs

With less than 60 days before the Opening Ceremony on February 4, the International Olympic Committee would clearly love for the attention to be focused on athletes heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The chances of that are slim, though, with recent worldwide focus on the Chinese government’s conduct ahead of […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandIOC President, Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
IOC President Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

IOC President Says U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics ‘a Purely Political Decision’

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said diplomatic boycotts by the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom ahead of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing “is a purely political decision for each government” and the IOC will continue to be apolitical. The United Kingdom and Australia have joined the U.S. […]

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U.S. to Enact Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games

The U.S. government has officially announced it will enact a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games in response to China’s human rights record, a move that will prevent government officials from attending in an official capacity but that will allow Team USA athletes to compete. The announcement from the White House, a […]

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China Wheelchair Curling Worlds
Athletes warm up on the ice before competition in the World Wheelchair Curling Championship, a test event for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games, held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center, also known as the Water Cube. The site is one of several used in the 2008 Games that will be repurposed for the 2022 Games. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

With 90 Days to Go, Beijing Olympic Organizers Still Working on Details

With about 90 days to go until the start of that 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, organizers said they are continuing to work out logistics such as limited flights into China for stakeholders and have yet to establish capacity limits for Chinese spectators as they wait to see how COVID rates may affect those […]

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A young child stands near the countdown clock of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as it crosses into the 100 days countdown to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on October 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing 2022 Organizers Confirm Closed Loop, Isolation for Winter Olympians

Organizers for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games confirmed, as part of celebrations for the 100-day countdown to the Games, that participants will be strictly isolated from the general population and would be expelled if they violate restrictions of movement put in place to combat COVID-19. Vice mayor and Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee Official Zhang Jiandong […]

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