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2022 Winter Olympics Welcomes Russian Vaccine Recipients

October 5, 2021 • 5:22 pm CDT
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Olympic athletes inoculated with Russian-made COVID-19 vaccines will be allowed to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China, the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games revealed to TASS on October 4, 2021.

"Regarding the vaccines, please note that all vaccines recognized by World Health Organization or related international organizations, or approved officially by the countries or regions concerned will be accepted. Therefore, Russia's vaccines are well accepted," the Winter Olympic organizers stated to TASS.

Russia has registered five COVID-19 vaccines: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N, and CoviVac.

On February 4, 2022, the Olympic cauldron will be ignited, signaling the start of the Beijing Winter Olympics. And the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Games will begin on March 4, 2022

The events of the Games will take place in a combination of brand new structures and existing venues.

The venues for the Winter Games in 2022 have been divided into three zones or clusters: Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou. 

The Beijing cluster will primarily stage the ice sports of the Winter Olympics and the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of the Games.

Following the 2022 Games, the multi-purpose venue will continue to be used for both winter and summer sports, switching between the two depending on the season.

Furthermore, the new Olympic mascot Bing Dwen Dwen will serve as an ambassador for winter sports, bringing joy to those who participate in and watch the Olympic Winter Games.

"Bing" means ice and also symbolizes purity and strength, and "Dwen Dwen" represents children. The mascot embodies the strength and willpower of athletes and will help to promote the Olympic spirit.

The design for Bing Dwen Dwen was chosen from over 5,800 submissions from China and 35 countries around the world as part of a global competition arranged by the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee.