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Amid pandemic and protest, Olympics return to a changed China

Amid pandemic and protest, Olympics return to a changed China

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by January 28, 2022 General
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By Tony Munroe BEIJING (Reuters) – The Beijing Winter Olympics kick off in a week, putting sports at centre-stage following preparations that have been clouded by diplomatic boycotts and the COVID-19 pandemic that has forced the Games into a tightly sealed bubble. Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games, and some venues from 2008 will be re-used, including the Bird’s Nest stadium, where the opening ceremony will again be overseen by famed Chinese director Zhang Yimou. Almost everything else is different. Where the 2008 Summer Games dazzled in what was a risi…

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