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China frets over Olympics headwinds as omicron spreads

Sporting world divided over response given Beijing's outsize financial clout

Protesters outside the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, calling for a boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.    © Reuters

BEIJING/TOKYO -- With just two months to go until the Beijing Olympics, China is grappling with growing uncertainty over the Winter Games, including the threat of the new omicron coronavirus variant and international calls for a diplomatic boycott.

At a daily briefing on Tuesday, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said omicron would "certainly bring some challenges in terms of prevention and control."

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