The “High Threshold” of Covid 19 Test at the Beijing Winter Olympics Raised Controversy

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According to “Deutsche Welle’s” Chinese webwite, the International Olympics Committee (IOC) defends the Beijing Winter Olympics for its controversial Covid 19 test standards. Brian McCloskey, chief health expert for the IOC’s independent expert group, wrote in a statement that the host’s aim is “not to let Omicron into a closed bubble of epidemic prevention.”

The center of the debate is the CT value in the PCR test that determines whether the result is negative or positive. The lower the CT value, the higher the risk of contracting COVID-19. According to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, CBC Sports, the standard for most parts in Canada is a CT value of 35. In Germany, people with a CT value of 30 and above are not considered contagious, however, in Communist China, the threshold is 40.

Mcloskey admitted that athletes who are tested negative before departure may be tested positive when they arrive in Communist China. However, he stressed that Beijing’s Covid-19 test system is “effective and reliable.” He also said, that Omicron is more contagious, so it is necessary to detect positive cases as quick as possible.

The Beijing Winter Olympics imposes strict epidemic prevention measures. All athletes must monitor their body temperature and other healthy indicators within two weeks of leaving for Communist China. During this time, they also need to conduct two PCR nucleic Acid tests, and the results must be negative. During their stay, they must be tested on a daily basis as part of the strict epidemic prevention measures.  

In an interview with the French newspaper “Le Monde”, Georg Hackl, a three-time Olympic champion, said: “my advice is to postpone the Winter Olympics because it will not benefit anyone. The participants will suffer, and only the audience can put up with that, because they simply couldn’t come at all.”


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