Luo Zhihuan, an 80-year-old former speed skater who won China's first winter sport world championship title in 1963, was the first of three racers in the relay.
BEIJING – The Winter Olympics torch relay began on Wednesday in Beijing, as China's capital prepares to host the global athletic event amid diplomatic boycotts and the coronavirus outbreak.Before the opening ceremony on Friday evening, more than 1,000 torchbearers will carry the light across competition venues in Beijing and Zhangjiakou, which will hold events like as cross-country skiing and ski jumping.
The torch relay's audience will be carefully limited, with China encouraging its citizens to watch the ceremony online rather than trying to catch it live.a personal view of the procession.According to Beijing Daily, the relay's first three runners were Luo Zhihuan, an 80-year-old former speed skater who won China's first winter sport world championship medal in 1963, astronaut Jing Haipeng, and Chang'e 1 satellite creator Ye Peijian.
The torch's trip to Beijing began in October, when demonstrators unfurled banners accusing China of human rights violations at the torch lighting ceremony in Greece, the Olympic spiritual home.The United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, and Canada have all launched diplomatic boycotts of the Games in protest of China's human rights record, which includes the treatment of Muslim minority in Xinjiang and a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong.
Beijing has criticized the boycott and is committed to stage a Games that would improve China's worldwide image.China is taking no chances with the Olympics as the only major world economy still pursuing a zero-Covid plan.The event will take place in a tightly sealed "bubble," with no contact between participants and the outside world. Public to prevent any diseases from spreading to the rest of the community.After skipping the traditional torch relay on Greek land because to fears about coronavirus, the flame arrived in Beijing in October.