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Beijing Winter Olympics

China plows ahead with Winter Olympics, defying omicron challenge

Athletes to stay inside 'bubbles' to limit contact with the outside world

Last month's FIS Snowboard Cross World Cup in Zhangjiakou is among the events China is using to test its preparations for the Winter Olympics.   © Reuters

DALIAN, China -- Even as the potentially more contagious omicron coronavirus variant spreads across the globe, China intends to host the Beijing Olympics in February as planned, determined to block the new strain by strictly limiting athletes' movement.

Still, the spread of the new variant could affect the selection process for competitors, complicating the planning. Omicron is the latest challenge for a government already grappling with the threat of diplomatic boycotts over alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang. 

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