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US born Chinese skater faces criticism for falling several times during Olympic event

Chinese figure skater Zhu Yi has faced increasing criticism on Chinese social media, after falling several times during her Olympic team event skates. Her debut on Sunday saw her fall once, pushing Team China out of the medals. A second performance on Monday, where she fell twice, earned her more criticism. Her performance was called […]

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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: First games to use 100% artificial snow from 100 snow generators and 300 snow-making guns

The Beijing Games, kicking off on February 4, will be the first Winter Olympics to use virtually 100% artificial snow by deploying more than 100 snow generators and 300 snow-making guns working flat out to cover the ski slopes. “This is not only energy and water intensive, frequently using chemicals to slow melt, but also […]

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Beijing Winter Olympics organisers ease Covid-19 testing requirements for participants

Organisers of the Beijing Winter Olympics have eased a Covid-19 testing requirement for participants, amid a growing number of cases in the capital. The new change makes it easier for participants arriving at the Games to be considered virus-free. Of more than 3,000 Olympic arrivals, 106 have tested positive for the virus since 4 January. […]

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China hires western influencers to whitewash its image during 2022 Winter Olympics

Western TikTok influencers with hundreds and thousands of followers on TikTok, Instagram or Twitch, is set to spread positive stories about China throughout next month’s Winter Olympics. Concerned about the international backlash against the Beijing Games amid a wave of diplomatic boycotts, the government has hired western PR professionals to spread an alternative narrative through […]

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Australia joins United States in diplomatic boycott of 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

Australia will join the US in a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in China. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the decision was in response to “human rights abuses” in China’s Xinjiang province and “many other issues that Australia has consistently raised”. Athletes would still attend, he added. China has condemned the US announcement […]

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United States announces diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter Olympics citing human rights concerns

The United States will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics over concerns about China’s record on human rights, the White House said Monday. “The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games given the PRC’s ongoing genocide and crimes against […]

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Beijing 2022: Non-vaccinated athletes must serve 21-day quarantine

Athletes at the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics who are not fully vaccinated against coronavirus will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing. Participants at the Games who are fully vaccinated will enter a “closed-loop management system” when they arrive. Athletes who have a justified medical exemption for the vaccine will have […]

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Toyota self-driving vehicle collides with Paralympics Games athlete at Olympic Village

A self-driving Toyota vehicle was barely moving, but it still managed to collide with a visually-impaired athlete at the Paralympic Games, raising potential concerns about the limitations of autonomous driving technology. Toyota’s CEO apologized after one of the company’s self-driving vehicles hit the athlete while driving at 1 to 2 kilometers per hour around the […]

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Kaley Cuoco: The Big Bang Theory star offers to buy horse punched at Tokyo Olympics

The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco has offered to buy the horse at the centre of a controversy coming out of the modern pentathlon during the Olympics last week. Olympic watchers and animal lovers across the world were stunned when German coach Kim Raisner was booted out of the Games for punching the horse […]

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‘Rules are rules’: Australian Olympians face 28-day quarantine after returning from Tokyo Games

Australian Olympians are having to quarantine for 28 days after returning to their country from Tokyo have been described as “cruel”. Athletes returning via Sydney to the state of South Australia are facing an extra two-week quarantine. That is on top of the two weeks already required for all overseas arrivals. The AOC said: “While […]

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Olympics 2020 Closing Ceremony: Tokyo puts off the flame, passes baton to Paris

Tokyo doused its Olympic flame on Sunday in a ceremony that echoed the restraint of the games held without spectators, transformed by the global pandemic. After postponing the Tokyo 2020 Games for a year, organisers said the event would serve as a symbol of world triumph over the pandemic. But with strict pandemic countermeasures and […]

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Tokyo Olympics: Life size statue of sumo wrestler near obstacle spooked horses, had to be removed

A sumo wrestler that spooked horses was knocked out of the Olympic equestrian ring. The statue and a nearby patch of cherry trees that riders thought might be startling the animals during the individual jumping event were among the obstacles swapped out on Friday. Officials say designer Santiago Varela had planned on removing the sumo […]