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The Winter Olympics is under threat, as Beijing reports its highest number of COVID-19 cases in 18 months

With only 5 days to go until the start of the event, an additional 20 cases have been reported in the capital and 34 in the “closed-loop” bubble, including 13 athletes or officials.

Some local areas have been forced to lock down and undergo widespread testing.

Athletes testing positive are made to isolate and will only be allowed to compete after getting two negative test results in 24 hours.

Despite covid cases surging in Beijing the Winter Olympics are set to go ahead as travel in and out of China remains severely restricted.

Games attendees arrive via charter flights and are made to stay in their bubble until they depart.

People must first receive a negative Covid-19 test before and upon arriving into the country, and undergo daily testing once in China.

54 new cases were reported nationwide on Sunday, according to China’s National Health Commission.

With around 2 million people to be tested in response to the current outbreak.

Since the first case of coronavirus was detected in 2019, China has maintained a zero-covid policy… locking down citizens and imposing restrictions in response to cases.

Whether these new reports will change their tactic is unknown, but with the Olympics set to begin this week the world will be watching China.

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Campbell Johnstone comes out as gay

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Campbell Johnstone hopes his admission will help reduce stigma around sexuality

Former New Zealand rugby player Campbell Johnstone has become the first All Black to come out as gay.

He hopes his public announcement will help “take away the pressure and stigma” for those struggling with their sexuality.

Johnstone says he told his friends and family “a long time ago” but kept his true self hidden from the public during his playing career.

He says he lived a “double life” because his sexuality did not fit with the image of an All Black player.

His vision of a player was someone who was “manly, strong … possibly had a wife, kids” – even blaming his sexuality when he performed poorly during a game.

The former prop played three Tests in 2005 – with his last match against the British and Irish Lions.

Between 2002 and 2012, he made 38 appearances for the Crusaders, 72 for Canterbury and 105 for the French side Biarritz.

In the interview, Johnstone says it’s “a little bit sad that we are actually having to do this”, adding he can’t believe how far and wide the news has spread. #trending #featured

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Novak Djokovic claims 22nd Grand Slam title

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Novak Djokovic has won his 10th Australian Open title, this time by defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets, in the final

The win was also the Serbian’s 22nd Grand Slam, equalling Rafa Nadal on the same amount of Majors.

Djokovic was unable to defend his title last year after being deported from the country over his Covid-19 vaccination status.

This year at Melbourne Park, he had a hamstring injury to deal with, as well the fallout of his father being filmed with a group of Russian supporters at the Australian Open.

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Bombshell pro-Russian video emerges from Australian Open

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A bombshell video has emerged of the father of tennis star Novak Djokovic, amplifying the Russian controversy the Australian Open

 
Djokovic’s father was seen posing for pictures with a group of Putin supporters after his son won against Russia’s Andrey Rublev, to qualify for his 10th semi-final.

Russian flags have been banned from the Australian Open, but that didn’t stop one fan.

A man was seen holding a Russian flag with Putin’s face on it and wearing a t-shirt with the pro-war ‘Z’ symbol on it.

Four spectators were questioned by police and evicted from Melbourne Park.

After losing her semi-final, Belarusian Viktoria Azarenka hit back at media when pressed on tennis’ relationship with Russia’s war on Ukraine.

She told reporters incidents like Novak’s father posing with Russian fans have nothing to do with players.

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