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More than 100 Team GB athletes and staff have arrived safely in Beijing, having successfully negotiated the tough Covid testing regime at the Chinese capital’s airport.

However, it has hardly been a warm welcome. Reports have come in that some of the nasal swabs administered by local doctors have been aggressive enough to lead to tears in the eyes and occasional nosebleeds, as China continues to take a strict approach to Covid tracing.

Meanwhile, the usual teething problems haven’t been the only cause for concern for some nations making it to the Winter Olympics, as at least one group took a two-hour magical mystery tour of the mountainous region of Beijing, after their driver got lost. .

The stars of Team GB have landed in Beijing as next month’s Winter Olympics draw near.

More than 100 athletes and staff have passed rigorous Covid tests to reach Beijing

More than 100 athletes and staff have passed rigorous Covid tests to reach Beijing

OLYMPIC STARS ON THE ROAD BUS TO CHINA

Athletes who have made the trip to Beijing have had to spend hours filling out forms, rigorous Covid protocols and told to isolate as much as possible before traveling.

There was, then, a significant surprise on Sunday when travel groups from Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy were ushered into already packed buses as they connected at Istanbul airport, and the buses did not leave for the waiting plane until they were full. to overflow .

One passenger told Sports Agenda that if one person on board had Covid, everyone would have been infected within minutes.

Stars from Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy were shocked after being crammed onto a bus

Stars from Austria, the Czech Republic and Italy were shocked after being crammed onto a bus

BBC OLYMPICS PROMO LEAVES A LOT TO BE DESIRRED

If it’s not what you say but what you don’t say, then the BBC has come out on top with its announcement of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

Released last week, the 40-second clip features computer-generated footage from each sport, building to an ice-breaking finale.

Host Beijing is not mentioned at all, not even in the climax, which announces when coverage begins.


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