In an interview with Canadian public television “CBC” last Friday (December 31), Shoemaker said that he is increasingly worried about whether the Beijing Winter Olympics can be held as scheduled, and has not discussed the postponement of the Beijing Winter Olympics with the International Olympics (IOC). However, we have had many dialogues with other participating countries, and it is estimated that this matter will emerge sooner or later.
Shoemaker was the Chinese CEO of the NBA, and his Chinese translation is “Shu Dewei”. He said that he and most countries have the same pressure, “We believe that the relevant schedule can still be kept safe, but it must also be observed and evaluated daily.” He emphasized that once the health of the athletes cannot be guaranteed, Canada will not hesitate to withdraw from the Winter Olympics. Just like in March 2020, it was decided not to send a team to participate in the Tokyo Summer Olympics. Later, the Eastern Olympics did not appear until after a year of postponement due to the epidemic.
The Beijing Winter Olympics adopted stringent anti-epidemic measures, including all athletes and participants must be vaccinated before they arrive in China, and they must be screened for the virus every day in the “isolation bubble”. Participants are risky for long-distance travel. The Canadian Olympic Committee is currently mainly concerned about how to send players into the “Beijing Winter Olympic Bubble” without being screened positive, and being quarantined in China for three to five weeks.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a “diplomatic boycott” of the Beijing Winter Olympics in December last year, but the Canadian Olympics will not be affected and athletes will still be sent to participate.
However, the CCP virus epidemic has affected Canada’s participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics. At the end of last year, the North American Professional Hockey League (NHL) announced the ban on players from participating in the Beijing Winter Olympics on the grounds of the epidemic. Most of the league players are Canadian. Other winter sports, such as alpine skiing, sledding and curling for Olympic qualifying events, have also been disrupted by the epidemic.
The epidemic in Xi’an, the capital of Shaanxi Province, began on December 9 last year. As of January 3, a total of 1,663 cases have been confirmed. Since the emergency closure of the city on December 24, the number of infections has increased day by day. During this period, the number of confirmed cases has been 8 consecutive days. Over 100, although the single Japanese infection in Xi’an fell to 90 on January 2, does this mean an “inflection point” in the effectiveness of prevention and control? After Xi’an’s closure of the city, the continued smoldering and the spread of the epidemic to other provinces and regions, the Chinese disease control authorities, apart from repeatedly restarting large-scale screenings and continuing strict lockdowns, seem to have no more effective method at present, and for The ins and outs of the Xi’an transmission chain are still unclear. The CCP has always concealed the epidemic situation. The so-called number of confirmed cases above is estimated to be only the tip of the iceberg. Some people have disclosed that the Xi’an epidemic is more serious than the previous Wuhan epidemic.
The epidemic in China has spread all the way to the present. Now not only Xi’an, Shaanxi, but also Ningbo, Zhejiang, Luoyang, Henan, and Tongren, Guizhou, have successively notified local cases, and the local epidemic has shown a trend of multiple outbreaks.