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BEIJING (Reuters) – China on Thursday reported a third case of COVID-19 among foreign athletes during events leading up to the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, which are being held with strict measures in place to control any outbreaks.

A foreign athlete participating in the Luge World Cup in Beijing was confirmed on Tuesday as asymptomatic after a routine COVID-19 test, state media reported.

The athlete was transferred to an isolation center for observation, state media reported, citing Zhao Weidong, an official for the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing.

The athlete is close contact with a previously confirmed asymptomatic case, Zhao said, without revealing the identity or nationality of either athlete.

The Luge World Cup serves as a test event for the Beijing Winter Olympics from February 4 to 20.

China reported on November 12 that two sledgers of the same nationality had tested positive.

Beijing’s vice mayor has previously said the coronavirus will be one of the Games’ biggest challenges.

A widespread Games-related outbreak would hurt China’s record for quickly containing clusters, having chosen to maintain a zero-tolerance approach to COVID-19.

All participants in the Games will be tested daily and foreign spectators are not allowed to enter.

Athletes and other Games personnel will also be isolated in “closed loop” bubbles.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo, Albee Zhang, Judy Hua; Editing by Himani Sarkar)


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