Beijing Isolates Foreign Olympic Athletes and Officials After COVID Testing

Over 200 foreign athletes, officials, and related personnel who went to China for the Winter Olympics have been isolated by the Chinese regime on Feb. 1. There’s little chance that these people can attend the Games due to Beijing’s “COVID-Zero” policy. Beijing tests all athletes, officials, and related personnel every day, according to the regime’s police. If the test result is positive, the person will be separated from others immediately. Ones with COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to a hospital and asymptomatic ones will be sent to a quarantine center. The athletes under quarantine are only allowed to compete in the Games after getting two consecutive negative test results in 24 hours. The 2022 Winter Olympics’ opening will be held on Feb. 4. On Feb. 1, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee announced that 8,107 athletes, officials, and related personnel entered China from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31. Of those, 200 or 2.5 percent tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport or in the “closed-loop” bubble, which is the area that separates the event personnel from Beijing residents. According to China’s COVID-19 policy, nobody can take a flight to Beijing without a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within 48 hours. In the past weeks, Beijing kept on reporting newly diagnosed local COVID-19 patients, which the regime claims have no connection with Olympians. An ice machine prepares the field of play for training sessions of short track speed skating teams at the Capital Indoor Stadium ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, on Jan. 30, 2022. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters) Isolated Athletes and Officials On Jan. 29, Poland’s medal hopeful speedskater Natalia Maliszewska tested positive and was sent to isolation. The 500 meter speed skate will start on Feb. 5, and Maliszewska is in a race against time to win the opportunity to compete. The Polish Olympic Committee said on Jan. 30 that eight Polish athletes had tested positive and were put into isolation, which include Maliszewska’s three fellow speedskaters Natalia Czerwonka, Magdalena Czyszczon, and Marek Kania. The Australian Olympic Committee stated on Sunday that one member of its delegation had been put into isolation after having tested positive on arrival at Beijing’s airport. The member was tested again on Jan. 30 and received a negative result. The statement said: “The team member will now undergo a final test tomorrow, which if again negative, will allow the member to return to their usual routine.” On Jan. 29, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission chair Emma Terho was put into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Beijing airport. The 40-year-old double Olympic ice hockey bronze medallist said on Jan. 30 that she was “feeling fully healthy,” according to Insidethegames. The quarantine might cause Terho to be unable to participate in the meetings in person, which include the one with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai. Peng made sexual assault allegations against China’s ex-vice premier Zhang Gaoli on Nov. 2. Since then, Peng’s whereabouts and safety have become a global concern. A scenic view of the Beijing Olympic Tower from the Olympic Green just days prior to the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China on Jan. 31, 2022. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) Beijing Outbreak On Feb. 1, Beijing authorities announced newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients from Chaoyang and Fengtai districts in the city. This is the 16th consecutive day that the regime announced new local infections. These infected patients are from Haidian, Fangshan, Xicheng, Daxing, Chaoyang, and Fengtai districts. The regime locked down residential compounds and moved COVID-19 patients’ close contacts to quarantine centers. “Our residential compound was locked down this morning … because one neighbor was quarantined as a close contact at a quarantine center and tested positive this morning,” Ming Hua (pseudonym), a resident from Chaoyang district, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times on Jan. 24. “I have no idea when we can be unlocked.” A young man surnamed Li from Haidian district said in a phone interview on Jan. 27 that the residential compound he lives in was locked down. “I don’t know what happened, and why we were locked down,” Li said. “I was asked to stay at home.” Follow Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on China-related topics. Before joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, she worked as a global product manager for a railway business in Paris, France.

Beijing Isolates Foreign Olympic Athletes and Officials After COVID Testing

Over 200 foreign athletes, officials, and related personnel who went to China for the Winter Olympics have been isolated by the Chinese regime on Feb. 1. There’s little chance that these people can attend the Games due to Beijing’s “COVID-Zero” policy.

Beijing tests all athletes, officials, and related personnel every day, according to the regime’s police. If the test result is positive, the person will be separated from others immediately. Ones with COVID-19 symptoms will be sent to a hospital and asymptomatic ones will be sent to a quarantine center. The athletes under quarantine are only allowed to compete in the Games after getting two consecutive negative test results in 24 hours.

The 2022 Winter Olympics’ opening will be held on Feb. 4.

On Feb. 1, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee announced that 8,107 athletes, officials, and related personnel entered China from Jan. 23 to Jan. 31. Of those, 200 or 2.5 percent tested positive for COVID-19 at the airport or in the “closed-loop” bubble, which is the area that separates the event personnel from Beijing residents.

According to China’s COVID-19 policy, nobody can take a flight to Beijing without a negative COVID-19 test result that was taken within 48 hours. In the past weeks, Beijing kept on reporting newly diagnosed local COVID-19 patients, which the regime claims have no connection with Olympians.

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An ice machine prepares the field of play for training sessions of short track speed skating teams at the Capital Indoor Stadium ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, on Jan. 30, 2022. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Isolated Athletes and Officials

On Jan. 29, Poland’s medal hopeful speedskater Natalia Maliszewska tested positive and was sent to isolation.

The 500 meter speed skate will start on Feb. 5, and Maliszewska is in a race against time to win the opportunity to compete.

The Polish Olympic Committee said on Jan. 30 that eight Polish athletes had tested positive and were put into isolation, which include Maliszewska’s three fellow speedskaters Natalia Czerwonka, Magdalena Czyszczon, and Marek Kania.

The Australian Olympic Committee stated on Sunday that one member of its delegation had been put into isolation after having tested positive on arrival at Beijing’s airport. The member was tested again on Jan. 30 and received a negative result. The statement said: “The team member will now undergo a final test tomorrow, which if again negative, will allow the member to return to their usual routine.”

On Jan. 29, International Olympic Committee (IOC) Athletes’ Commission chair Emma Terho was put into isolation after testing positive for COVID-19 at the Beijing airport.

The 40-year-old double Olympic ice hockey bronze medallist said on Jan. 30 that she was “feeling fully healthy,” according to Insidethegames. The quarantine might cause Terho to be unable to participate in the meetings in person, which include the one with Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai.

Peng made sexual assault allegations against China’s ex-vice premier Zhang Gaoli on Nov. 2. Since then, Peng’s whereabouts and safety have become a global concern.

Epoch Times Photo
A scenic view of the Beijing Olympic Tower from the Olympic Green just days prior to the opening of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, China on Jan. 31, 2022. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Beijing Outbreak

On Feb. 1, Beijing authorities announced newly diagnosed COVID-19 patients from Chaoyang and Fengtai districts in the city. This is the 16th consecutive day that the regime announced new local infections.

These infected patients are from Haidian, Fangshan, Xicheng, Daxing, Chaoyang, and Fengtai districts.

The regime locked down residential compounds and moved COVID-19 patients’ close contacts to quarantine centers.

“Our residential compound was locked down this morning … because one neighbor was quarantined as a close contact at a quarantine center and tested positive this morning,” Ming Hua (pseudonym), a resident from Chaoyang district, told the Chinese-language Epoch Times on Jan. 24. “I have no idea when we can be unlocked.”

A young man surnamed Li from Haidian district said in a phone interview on Jan. 27 that the residential compound he lives in was locked down. “I don’t know what happened, and why we were locked down,” Li said. “I was asked to stay at home.”


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Nicole Hao is a Washington-based reporter focused on China-related topics. Before joining the Epoch Media Group in July 2009, she worked as a global product manager for a railway business in Paris, France.