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Beijing looks set to repeat Tokyo’s Olympic mistakes

Team USA scored an impressive goal at the Tokyo Olympics, led by swimmer Caeleb Dressel’s five gold medals. The big winner of the late Tokyo 2020 games, however, was the Chinese Communist Party. Its Beijing 2022 Olympic leaders no doubt observed with great satisfaction the draconian control that Tokyo imposed on foreign Olympic visitors.

The Tokyo restrictions have given Beijing the excuse for the decision, announced by the International Olympic Committee on September 29, to close all Olympic participants accredited to the Winter Games next February, from arrival to departure, in this event. that the organizers call a “closed loop”. Mainland Chinese spectators will be able to attend, but foreigners will not.