Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Ban Foreign Spectators, Require 21-Day Quarantine for Unvaccinated Participants

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced on Sept. 29 new restrictions for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics in February, including a ban on foreign spectators and mandatory quarantine for unvaccinated participants. Under the new guidelines, all athletes and participants who …

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Afghan Paralympic Athletes Unable to Compete Due to Taliban Takeover

Afghanistan’s two Paralympic athletes will not participate in the Tokyo Games next week due to the Taliban takeover, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) announced on Aug. 16. Taekwondo athlete Zakia Khudadadi and track athlete Hossain Rasouli were set to arrive …

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Norwegian Women’s Beach Handball Team Fined for Rejecting Bikini Bottoms

The European Handball Federation (EHF) fined the Norwegian women’s beach handball team last July 19 for refusing to play in the required bikini bottoms at a competition over the weekend. The Disciplinary Commission of EHF imposed a fine of €150 …

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Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee to Refund 3.63 Million Tickets

The Tokyo Olympic Organizing Committee is expected to refund  3.63 Million Tickets due to seating caps implemented to prevent the COVID-19 outbreak in Tokyo from worsening.  Because of the seating caps, games would be reduced to 10,000 persons per stadium, …

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Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam Postponed Due to COVID-19 Concerns

This year’s Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Vietnam have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the organizing council announced on July 8. “The SEA Games Federation which met today agreed to postpone the organization of the 31st …

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Parachuting Protester Injures Spectators at Euro 2020 Match

Several spectators were injured after a protestor parachuted into the stadium before France played Germany at the European Championship. Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) said that the victimes were immediately treated in the hospital. The incident happened when the …

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Japan Mulls Zero-Spectator Olympics Amid Criticisms

Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics are considering holding the Olympics without any spectators despite strong public opinion against holding the games at all due to Japan’s recent wave of infections and how the government is handling the pandemic situation. “We …

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