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The Beijing 2022 test events will be held in the Capital Gymnasium

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The Asian Figure Skating Open and the Beijing leg of the ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup, both test events for Beijing 2022, will be held at the 53-year-old Capital Gymnasium in Beijing.

According to Ding Dong, the operation director of the Capital Gymnasium, all foreign figure skating athletes, coaches, referees, and officials from the International Skating Union and Asian Skating Union have arrived in the Chinese capital, and the athletes will have warm-up sessions on the ice on Wednesday.

“One of the competitions’ main goals is COVID-19 prevention,” Ding stated.

“Foreign athletes, coaches, referees, officials, and working staff do not need to quarantine for days before arriving to the Capital Gymnasium,” he continued, “but they must give negative nucleic acid findings within 48 hours before entering the closed loop.”

“Once a day, everyone in the closed loop must take nucleic acid testing. Everyone at the stadium is required to wear a N95 mask. This time, the competitions will be place without the presence of spectators.”

The Capital Gymnasium in Beijing 2022 will be a significant battleground for the host nation, which features world-class figure skaters and short-track speed skaters.

The Asian Figure Skating Open, which will take place from October 14 to 16, has drawn 32 participants from nine nations and regions, according to Ding. At the arena will be China’s top couple, Sui Wenjing and Han Cong, as well as South Korea’s No. 2 Cha Jun-hwan.

Following the recently ended China Open speed skating event at the National Speed Skating Oval, dubbed the “Ice Ribbon,” the Asian Figure Skating Open is the second international competition in the Beijing 2022 test series. From October 5 to December 31, ten international events, three training weeks, and two local trials will be held in Beijing, Yanqing, and Zhangjiakou to test all aspects of Beijing 2022.

Speed skating, skeleton, luge, figure skating, short track speed skating, curling, wheelchair curling, bobsleigh, ice hockey, freestyle ski cross, snowboard cross, Nordic combined, and biathlon are among the events, with curling and ice hockey events restricted to domestic competitors.

The ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup will begin on October 18 in Beijing, according to Ding “It is the first leg of the Beijing 2022 qualifying tournament, and approximately 400 athletes from around the world have registered. All of China’s elites will also attend the Capital Gymnasium.”

 

Source: Xinhua News Agency

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Following the ratification and implementing of MPS Act, MPS would function as an independent entity, with various internal governing bodies. The Home Minister will be responsible for overseeing the body but will have no control over day to day operations.

Confusion reigned supreme following a letter sent by President’s Office to the Home Affairs, stating that MPS would function as an independent entity effective from March 27, 2021. The letter also stated the Ministry’s functions and roles following this decision.

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The qualifiers will be held in Uzbekistan from the 27th to the 31st of this month.

The team is accompanied by Assistant Coaches Sabah Mohamed and Mohamed Shahid. They will play two practice matches in Bahrain before heading to straight to qualifiers in Uzbekistan. The team had also carried out successful training camps in the atolls.

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