Beijing 2022 to allow spectators as key COVID-19 countermeasures unveiled
Updated 10:02, 30-Sep-2021
Bing Dwen Dwen (L) and Shuey Rhon Rhon, mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, respectively, in Beijing, China, May 27, 2020. /CFP

Bing Dwen Dwen (L) and Shuey Rhon Rhon, mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, respectively, in Beijing, China, May 27, 2020. /CFP

The Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee on Wednesday presented key COVID-19 countermeasures to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board meeting chaired by President Thomas Bach and in the presence of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) president Andrew Parsons.

According to the organizers, all athletes and games participants who are fully vaccinated will enter a closed-loop management system upon arrival. Games participants who are not fully vaccinated will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.

All vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization or related international organizations, or approved officially by countries or regions concerned will be accepted. Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered.

The closed-loop management system, to be implemented from January 23, 2022, until the end of the Paralympics on March 13, will cover all games-related areas, including arrival and departure, transport, accommodation, catering, competitions, and the opening and closing ceremonies. Within the closed-loop, participants will be allowed to move only between games-related venues for training, competitions and work. A dedicated games transport system will be put in place.

All domestic and international Games participants and workers in the closed-loop management system will be subject to daily testing.

As for the audience, Beijing 2022 organizers made it clear that tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in the Chinese mainland who meet the requirements of COVID-19 countermeasures.

"This will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China ... as well as bringing a favorable atmosphere to the venues," the IOC said.

Beijing 2022 will release the first version of the playbooks in late October and the second version in December. The related policies will be detailed in the playbooks.

Organizers of the Beijing Games have informed the IOC's Executive Board 2022 of the principles to deliver "safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as scheduled," the committee said.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games will start on February 4 next year and the Chinese capital will become the first city to have hosted both summer and winter editions after also staging the Beijing 2008 Summer Olympic Games.

(With input from agencies) 

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