The organizers of the Winter Olympic Games in Beijing in 2022 plan to hold the “simple, safe and excellent” Games, in the midst of calls for a boycott of the competition due to human rights violations in China.

The Olympic flame arrived in Beijing today, and the leader of the Communist Party in Beijing, Cai Qi, took it over at a well-secured ceremony at the airport.

At the handover of the flames, Beijing Deputy Mayor Zhang Jiandong said that the city is committed to holding “simple, safe and great” Games.

China has collaborated with the International Olympic Committee (IOC) on the design of the torch relay, and as announced, the number of routes and the number of torchbearers will be reduced due to the corona virus pandemic.

“We insist that public health and safety be a priority, and we coordinate the relay with the demands of the authorities dealing with the control and prevention of the pandemic,” Zhang said.

The flames will be exposed for several months, the three-day relay should start on February 2, and the torch will be carried by about 1,200 people.

The Olympic flame was lit on Monday in ancient Olympia, from where the journey to the host city traditionally begins.

The ceremony was also marked by an incident when Tibetan activists protesting human rights violations in China tried to interrupt the ceremony, accusing the IOC of giving legitimacy to human rights violations.

Activists said on Tuesday that human rights in China had deteriorated since 2008, saying the Olympics “encouraged China”.

For several years, China has been the target of accusations by many countries and human rights organizations of genocide against the Uighur Muslim minority and other ethnic groups in the province of Xinjiang, as well as for treating protesters in the provinces of Tibet and Taiwan.

The Winter Olympic Games will be held from February 4 to 20, 2022.

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