This Is The Second Olympics To Be Hosted During The Pandemic — But This Time Athletes Are Confined To A ‘closed Loop’

This Is The Second Olympics To Be Hosted During The Pandemic — But This Time Athletes Are Confined To A ‘closed Loop’

- in Uncategorized
52
0
this-is-the-second-olympics-to-be-hosted-during-the-pandemic-—-but-this-time-athletes-are-confined-to-a-‘closed-loop’

1 min agoRussia’s Putin waves as competing athletes parade under the Russian Olympic Committee bannerFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia, stands waving in the stands during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on February 04 in Beijing, China.  (Robert Michael/picture alliance/Getty Images)President Vladimir Putin waved as the Russian athletes paraded at the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony in Beijing.

Putin traveled to China to hold a summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday, before the ceremony began. The two leaders issued a call for NATO to halt further expansion, according to a joint statement released by the Kremlin. This comes as tensions on the Ukraine-Russia border remain at their highest in years.

But isn’t Russia banned? Russian athletes are competing under the name ROC, which stands for the Russian Olympic Committee. This is an opportunity for clean Russian athletes to compete in the Olympics while their country remains banned from the Games because of a doping scandal.

They will be competing under the neutral banner for the second consecutive Games after they did so at last year’s Tokyo Olympics.

10 min agoWinter Olympic athletes pass through “Gate of China”From CNN’s Matias Grez in London

Flag bearers Oleksandr Abramenko and Oleksandra Nazarova of Team Ukraine carry their flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on February 04 in Beijing, China. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)The athletes are making their way into Beijing’s Bird’s Nest Stadium via a spectacular entrance, which is described as representing the “Gate of China” and “Window of China.”

The special effects make both appear as though they are made of ice, with the motifs inspired by traditional gates and windows across the country.

“The ‘Gate of China’ symbolizes that China opens its doors to welcome the world to the Olympic Winter Games,” the official Opening Ceremony explainer reads.

“The ‘Window of China,’ through which the magnificent scenery is showcased, expresses the idea of ‘seeing China through an open window.'”

7 min agoPhotos of the Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony Performers dance under the Olympic Rings during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium in Beijing, on February 4. (Tobias Schwarz/AFP/Getty Images)As the athletes continue making their way into the Bird’s Nest stadium, take a look at the best photos from the curtain raiser so far.

From an LED flower display to incredible lights shows, the ceremony has already proved spectacular.

Take a look here.

21 min agoIndian athlete parades at the Beijing 2022 Opening Ceremony after officials boycott the Winter GamesFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal, Simone McCarthy and Rhea Mogul

The delegation from India takes part in the parade of athletes during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, on February 4. (Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)India has one athlete, alpine skier Arif Khan, competing in the Winter Olympics. He paraded at the Opening Ceremony in Beijing just days after India announced a diplomatic boycott of the Games.

This announcement came after a commander involved in 2020 border clashes between the two countries appeared as an Olympic torchbearer in the customary torch relay leading up to the Games.

The last-minute boycott, which will see India’s top envoy in Beijing sit out Friday’s Opening Ceremony, adds the world’s most populous democracy to a list of Western nations who already have launched their own diplomatic no-shows, citing China’s human rights record — setting the tone for a controversial Olympic Games. 

Following the official move, India’s public broadcaster Doordarshan also announced it will not telecast the Opening and Closing Ceremonies live.

33 min agoJapan is parading at the Opening Ceremony but its government officials are not presentFrom CNN’s Junko Ogura in Tokyo

Flag bearers Arisa Go and Akito Watabe of Team Japan carry their flag during the Opening Ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics at the Beijing National Stadium on February 4 in Beijing, China. (Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)Japan announced in December that it will not be sending Cabinet ministers or senior officials to the 2022 Beijing Wint

Source Title:
This is the second Olympics to be hosted during the pandemic — but this time athletes are confined to a ‘closed loop’

Go To The SourceRead More

Leave a Reply

You may also like

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Will Win GOP Nomination For Arkansas Governor, CNN Projects

CNN  —  Sarah Huckabee Sanders will win the