BERLIN (Reuters) - The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will have tight COVID-19 countermeasures in place to ensure the safety of all participants, the International Olympic Committee said on Friday. Just over a month after the closing ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Games, IOC President Thomas Bach said in an open letter that next year's Winter Games would also require strict measures amid the ongoing pandemic. "While the pandemic is far from over, I would like to reassure you that together with our Chinese partners and friends, we are sparing no effort to make these Olympic Winter Games safe and secure for everyone," Bach said. The Beijing Winter Olympics will be held from Feb. 4-20. "As we did in Tokyo, we are putting in place rigorous COVID-19 countermeasures to ensure the health and safety of all Olympic participants in Beijing," the IOC president said, urging teams to get vaccinated and offering support in this process. The vast majority of athletes and participants at the ... » Learn More about Olympics-Beijing 2022 Games to have rigorous COVID-19 measures-IOC
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As Singaporean para athlete Yip Pin Xiu braced herself for the 50-metre S2 backstroke event at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on September 2, 2021, she was a bundle of nerves. Despite having swept the gold medal in the 100-metre S2 backstroke event just a week prior, the swimmer was beset by a case of the jitters. "My pet event is [the 100-metre backstroke]. So for [the 50-metre backstroke] I am not as confident in it. And also, during the 100-metre, I saw how fast my competitors could be," Yip says to Mothership. In particular, Yip had her sights on Japanese swimmer Miyuki Yamada. Yamada, you see, is only 14 but during her Paralympic Games debut in the 100-metre S2 backstroke event, she cut through the water like a torpedo, trailing behind 29-year-old Yip by less than 10 seconds. And the thought of facing Yamada again in the 50-metre S2 backstroke event kept her on edge. By then, Yip's phone was also buzzing with a week's worth of congratulatory messages for ... » Learn More about Yip Pin Xiu has 5 Paralympic gold medals, but her total award is equivalent to 1 Olympic medal. Why?
Japan’s Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and U.S. President Joe Biden hold a joint news conference in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, U.S., April 16, 2021. REUTERS/Tom Brenner WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Friday sought to present a united front with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga to counter an increasingly assertive China as the U.S. leader held his first face-to-face White House summit since taking office. The talks offered the Democratic president, inaugurated in January, a chance to work further on his pledge to revitalize U.S. alliances that frayed under his Republican predecessor Donald Trump. China topped the agenda, underscoring Japan’s central role in U.S. efforts to face down Beijing. The two leaders addressed an array of geopolitical issues, including Taiwan, with Suga saying they reaffirmed “the importance of peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,” a slap at Beijing’s increased military pressure on the Chinese-claimed, self-ruled ... » Learn More about Biden and Japan’s Suga project unity against China’s assertiveness
Protests in Thailand have now been going on for more than three months. Non-traditional protest methods, including incorporating pop-culture inspired signals, have been used by the young protesters. While mostly peaceful, riot police have started using force in quelling the protests. There have been a number of demands floated by the youth-driven protests. One of the more prominent ones is the call for Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to resign, saying he manipulated an election in 2019 to keep hold of power. Prayuth in turn has said the election was fair. Protests in Thailand against perceived unfair election results or coups against the government of the day is nothing new, in fact King Bhumibol Adulyadej (the previous King) resided over 10 coups . What is a tad bit rarer is the open demands and criticisms being levelled against the Thai monarchy, and its king. A different king King Maha Vajiralongkorn has been mostly silent about the three months of ... » Learn More about ‘This country belongs to the people’: Discontent & protests against the Thai king, explained