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China faces shortage of goods depicting the Olympic mascot


The organizers of the Beijing Olympics faced a shortage of goods with the image of the mascot of the Games - the panda Bing Dwen Dwen. Demand for them increased sharply after the start of the competition, but production volumes were limited due to the closure of factories for the Chinese New Year.

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China will increase shipments of merchandise featuring the mascot of the 2022 Winter Olympics, the panda Bing Dwen Dwen, after reports of shortages in Beijing stores, said a spokesman for the Games organizing committee. "We are paying close attention to this problem. We are coordinating (with factories) to increase the supply of Bing Dwen Dwen," he was quoted as saying by Reuters.

The spokesperson attributed the shortage of Olympic panda merchandise in part to the fact that manufacturing plants closed for the Chinese New Year, which coincided with the opening of the Olympics.

According to Reuters, on the evening of February 4, a few hours after the opening of the Winter Olympics, a line of people wanted to buy goods with the mascot image lined up outside the flagship store of the Games in downtown Beijing, despite the cold. By 2 p.m. the next day, all the panda-shaped souvenirs were sold out. "We've been selling them for a year and everything was quiet. Then all of a sudden, yesterday and especially today, crowds showed up from somewhere and bought out the entire year's supply," a store security guard told the agency.

source: reuters.com