EM – Demand for snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics will not affect water supplies


Other outdoor events take place in the neighboring province of Hebei, where there is usually a lot more natural snow.

Published: November 18, 2021 18:07 |

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visitors photograph a statue of figure skaters with the Olympic rings in a park near the headquarters of the Beijing Organizing Committee (Photo | AP)

BEIJING: The high demand for artificial snow at the Beijing Winter Olympics will have only a minimal impact on the local water supply, the organizers announced on Thursday.

The water needed for snow-making in the Yanqing Zone, where slides and alpine skiing take place in February, will only be 1.6% of the spokesman Zhao Weidong said at a press conference.

The water for the Yanqing Zone will come from the Foyukou and Baihebao Reservoirs. Beijing is notoriously cold and dry in winter, and environmentalists have raised concerns about the effects of snowmaking on the surrounding areas.

Other outdoor events take place in neighboring Hebei Province, which is typically much more natural. </ P Zhao also said a third athlete has been quarantined for testing positive for COVID-19 after two athletes were quarantined during ongoing luge testing events. All three have been transferred to a quarantine hotel "as needed," said Zhao.

No one has shown symptoms and is allowed to continue training while living and eating separately. Authorities have not released their names or nationalities, but said the two who previously tested positive arrived on a charter flight while the most recent case was in close contact with them.

There are around 1,500 participants and staff entered the country since the test events began in early October.

China has one of the strictest COVID prevention guidelines in the world. Entry into the country is severely restricted, and virtually anyone who does this must be quarantined in a hotel for at least two weeks, even if they have been vaccinated and tested negative.

The testing events and games will be on The quarantine is waived, but the participants must live and compete in isolation from the rest of the population in China.

The games will take place from February 4th to 20th amid uncertainty about the direction of the pandemic and protests against China’s human rights record.

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