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IOC says ‘Beijing ready’ for Winter Olympics, bats away Omicron concerns

A volunteer holds the lantern with the Olympic flame during the Flame Exhibition Tour of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. (Photo by Emmanuel Wong/Getty Images)

The International Olympic Committee has said Beijing is "very much on track" in terms of its preparations to host next year's Winter Olympics, following the latest report from the local organising committee.

Speaking to journalists after this week's IOC executive board meeting, Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission chair Juan Antonio Samaranch expressed confidence that the Omicron variant of Covid would not derail the event.

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