By Marc Lawrence, Playbooksports.com
The athletes around the world are battening down the hatches in hopes of making it to Beijing COVID-free
Per Axios Sports, the Beijing bubble — a closed-loop system meant to shut off the outside world entirely — is the strictest ever created for a global sporting event.
Athletes must test negative twice within 96 hours of their flight, and again upon their arrival in Beijing.
A positive test will force them to either stay home or endure a lengthy isolation in China, so many of them are taking extreme measures to avoid that nightmare scenario.
State of play: Years of intense athletic training now boils down to one final test: dodging a virus.
“Everyone is testing positive right now, and that freaks me out,” said American luger Emily Sweeney.