By KELVIN CHAN, CANDICE CHOI and AARON MORRISON – Associated Press
BEIJING (AP) – Soccer, video games and costumes are some of the ways athletes at the Beijing Olympics are busy when not competing.
As part of strict COVID-19 protocols, athletes and others will only be able to move between select locations at the Games. Keeping them in this “bubble” is intended to prevent the virus from entering or leaving the local population. This means that athletes cannot go out and explore the city in their free time.
This is how some spend their time instead.
Throwing soccer and playing video games help Paul Schommer and his biathlon team to pass the time. Their favorite game at the moment is Mario Kart, which they play on their smartphones.
“I’m not as enthusiastic as some of my teammates, but I’m definitely happy to take part,” said the 29-year-old.
Schommer also likes to watch sports highlights and TV programs from home. He reads with his Bible and a Kindle on which he reads “American Buffalo,” about author Steven Rinella’s hunt for the wild beast in the Alaskan wilderness.
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