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No crowds at Winter Olympics

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Tickets for the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Beijing wont be sold to the general public due to fears around the pandemic.

Instead, authorities will select a small group of people who can go, and distribute tickets to them instead.

Groups of spectators will be invited on site throughout the Games and will be required to strictly comply with Covid-19 prevention and control requirements.

The International Olympic Committee says those who are chosen will be residents from China’s mainland who have the required COVID-19 countermeasures.

“In terms of the grim and complex situation of epidemic prevention and control [and] in order to protect the health and safety of Olympic personnel and spectators, we have decided to change the original plan of public ticket sales,” the committee said.

The announcement comes after Beijing reported its first case of the highly transmissible Omicron variant on January 15.

The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to begin on February 4, before the Paralympic Winter Games start March 4.
Organizers intend to hold Beijing 2022 in a closed loop system which will only be accessible for Games participants — a plan that has remained in place amid the rapid spread of the Omicron variant.

Ahron Young is an award winning journalist who has covered major news events around the world. Ahron is the Managing Editor and Founder of TICKER NEWS.

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Cody Simpson eyes off Commonwealth Games spot

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Australian pop star Cody Simpson closing in on spot at Commonwealth Games

Cody Simpson was most well known for being a pop singer, and he’s on the verge is turning into a professional swimmer.

The 25-year old beat three-time Olympian Kyle Chalmers in the 100 metre butterfly heat at the Australian Swimming Championships.

If he places in the top three spots in the final he will book a place in the team for the Commonwealth Games.

He’s on track to achieve the feat given only dual-Olympic bronze medallist Matthew Temple recorded a faster time in the heats.

Simpson shaved nearly one second off his personal best time, and if he finishes in the top two in the final he’ll also be eligible to swim at the world titles in Budapest next month.

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How Biniam Grimay’s historic victory celebration took an unpleasant turn

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Biniam Grimay finished stage 10 with a blazing sprint in a historic victory at Giro d’Italia

The 22- year old cyclist became the first Black African rider to win a grand tour stage

However, the celebration turned rather bitter as champagne cork struck his eye on the winner’s podium.

Grimay was treated in the Ambulance after the celebrations.

He later missed the post-race interviews and was taken to the hospital for further care.

Grimay is now out of the Giro d’italia because of the eye injury.

 

Shreya Vats Contributed to the report

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Police probe assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

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Police have launched a probe into an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp

Police are investigating an assault on Sheffield United captain Billy Sharp.

Authorities say he was assaulted by a fan at the end of the Championship play-off final second leg at Nottingham Forest.

Television footage showed a member of the crowd charge at Sharp during a pitch invasion while the player stood on the sidelines.

According to his manager the sports star required stitches for his injuries.

Police say they are conducting enquiries as they continue their investigation.

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