The International Olympic Committee acknowledged this conditions for athletes who are forced to isolate due to positive test for coronavirus did not meet expectations, after German team officials complained about limited access to food and internet in quarantine.
Christophe Dubi, executive director of the Olympic Games, said most concerns about isolation had been addressed, but acknowledged that improvements were needed after German officials called conditions “unacceptable”.
“It should not happen, and we want to make sure it does not happen,” Dubi told reporters on Monday, adding that organizers “can not be complacent” as they try to keep the Games in line with Beijing’s zero-sum game. To keep Covid policy.
Dirk Schimmelpfennig, chief de mission of the German Olympic team, said he was working with Chinese and IOC officials to clean three athletes in isolation facilities from rooms, training equipment and regular delivery of food and PCR tests.
More from the Beijing Games:
The Beijing Winter Olympics opened with a muted ceremony which exemplifies the closed nature of the games and the country’s efforts to defeat coronavirus.
NBC paid billions for exclusive US rights to the Games, but the US television network declining audience interest.
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Five more stories in the news
1. EU sets up energy events amid tensions in Ukraine Brussels explores how to protect consumers from a potential energy crisis as part of plans to protect Europe’s households, businesses and borders from the fallout from a Russian military escalation in Ukraine.
More on conflict between Russia and Ukraine: French President Emmanuel Macron has indicated he will Russia recognizes security issues without relinquishing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty when he meets Vladimir Putin in Moscow today.
2. India declares 2 days of mourning after Bollywood star’s death Lata Mangeshkar, one of India’s most respected cultural figures, passed away on Sunday at the age of 92. Mangeshkar, who was hospitalized with Covid-19 last month and later suffered multiple organ failure, will receive a state funeral.
3. China companies try to list in US following repression A handful of companies want to become the first China headquarters businesses to be announced in the U.S. since July, in a test of regulators’ willingness to accept new listings following restrictions on both sides of the Pacific.
4. Anger over Indian arrest of prominent Kashmiri journalist Indian authorities have provoked a setback by arresting the editor of a leading Kashmir-based news website, a decision that has upset civil society advocates saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is undermining press freedom.
5. Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp Hit By Cyber Attack Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, owner of the Wall Street Journal, is investigates a cyber attack which he suspected was linked to China and gained access to journalists’ emails and documents.
The day ahead
Indonesia GDP Economists predict that today’s GDP figures for the fourth quarter will show that Southeast Asia’s largest economy grew by 4.9 percent in the fourth quarter, according to a Reuters poll. (Reuters)
Asia PMI figures IHS Markit Purchasing Managers’ index data will be released for the region.
Anniversary of the Maastricht Treaty Today is 30 years of the treaty, which the EU established and laid the foundation for monetary union. It also sparked concern among those opposed to further political union, likely to sow the seeds of Brexit.
What are we still reading and listening to?
“Kim not only wants more missiles, he wants better.” Of all North Korea’s missile systems tested in recent weeks, this is the development of a new generation maneuverable weapons designed to evade missile defense systems that have the most intriguing defense experts.
Related reading: China and Russia hypersonic weapons threatens U.S. early warning system, writes William Schneider, Hudson Institute senior fellow.
Tokyo reckons with the memory of its infamous former governor The recent death of Shintaro Ishihara, an unbridled nationalist who made transgressions an art form, is a reminder that the city loves a rebelwrites Leo Lewis.
The nuclear dilemma: where to put the deadly waste France is the last bastion of nuclear power in Europe. But even there, there is a high sensitivity around the technology as the country explores new ways to get rid of radioactive materials. Public opposition remains as fierce as ever.
Does the peloton mislead us into practicing? This week watched the FT Weekend podcast the Peloton phenomenon. Host Lilah Raptopoulos and San Francisco correspondent Patrick McGee explore the behavioral science behind why we do not exercise and the technology that deceives our brains into doing so anyway.
Six Things I Wish I Knew About Money When I Was 20 Even after a decade of investing, The Humble Penny co-founder Ken Okoroafor is still struggling to figure out what to do. But it is even harder for younger people to take their first steps in investing at this difficult time. Here is six tips he wishes he had known sooner.
Author Pico Iyer has been visiting Kyoto for over 30 years – but the last few months have offered a fresh perspective during a winter without tourists.
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