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China's CONTROVERSY GAMES
    Wiktor Dabkowski/ZUMA (bios)
Story of the Week #823: TUESDAY January 25, 2022: 'China's CONTROVERSY GAMES' from ZUMA Press award winning photographer Wiktor Dabkowski: The 2022 Winter Games may be the strangest Olympics ever. As omicron continues to shake up the world, nowhere is Covid disruption more evident than in Beijing, as organizers do all they can to make sure the two-week event runs smoothly. To prevent teams bringing Covid into China the entire event will take place within a tightly monitored loop or bubble. Foreign spectators are barred from the games, while journalists will be separated from competitors by plastic shields. The strangeness isn't just regarding Covid-19. The U.S. announced its officials would boycott the Games, due to concerns about 'crimes against humanity' and human rights abuses, and was followed by Australia, the U.K. and Canada, in the first such protest of a host country since the Cold War. China simply stated that officials hadn't been invited anyway and claims the U.S. ''will pay'' for its demonstration. The Winter Olympics take place from 4 February to 20 February with around 3,000 athletes competing in 109 different events. The Winter Paralympics run from 4 March to 13 March, with 736 competitors across 78 events. Welcome to 'China's CONTROVERSY GAMES'
China's CONTROVERSY GAMES
    Wiktor Dabkowski/ZUMA (bios)
Story of the Week #823: TUESDAY January 25, 2022: 'China's CONTROVERSY GAMES' from ZUMA Press award winning photographer Wiktor Dabkowski: The 2022 Winter Games may be the strangest Olympics ever. As omicron continues to shake up the world, nowhere is Covid disruption more evident than in Beijing, as organizers do all they can to make sure the two-week event runs smoothly. To prevent teams bringing Covid into China the entire event will take place within a tightly monitored loop or bubble. Foreign spectators are barred from the games, while journalists will be separated from competitors by plastic shields. The strangeness isn't just regarding Covid-19. The U.S. announced its officials would boycott the Games, due to concerns about 'crimes against humanity' and human rights abuses, and was followed by Australia, the U.K. and Canada, in the first such protest of a host country since the Cold War. China simply stated that officials hadn't been invited anyway and claims the U.S. ''will pay'' for its demonstration. The Winter Olympics take place from 4 February to 20 February with around 3,000 athletes competing in 109 different events. The Winter Paralympics run from 4 March to 13 March, with 736 competitors across 78 events. Welcome to 'China's CONTROVERSY GAMES'