Olympics-Cold snap causes problems for Olympic organisers

Biathlon - Men's 4 x 7.5km Relay Official Training
2022 Beijing Olympics – Biathlon – Men’s 4 x 7.5km Relay Official Training – National Biathlon Centre, Zhangjiakou, China – February 14, 2022. An athlete in action during training. REUTERS/Athit Perawongmetha

February 15, 2022

By Philip O’Connor

ZHANGJIAKOU, China (Reuters) – Freezing temperatures have continued to cause problems for the organisers at the Beijing Olympics, with Tuesday’s biathlon 4 x 7.5 km relay brought forward by two and a half hours to avoid the evening chill.

With temperatures at the biathlon, cross-country and ski jump venues often plummeting after dark, the International Biathlon Union (IBU) moved the start of the race to 1430 local time from 1700 due to concerns over gusting winds and temperatures set to get down to minus 15 degrees Celsius (5 Fahrenheit).

(Reporting by Philip O’Connor; editing by Richard Pullin)

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