Olympics-Beijing Games competitors to face daily COVID-19 tests,…

Olympians competing in 2022 Beijing Winter Games will be required to have the COVID-19 vaccine or quarantine for 21 days

  • Competitors in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will need to be vaccinated or agree to a 21-day quarantine before the opening of the Games next February
  • China, where COVID-19 measures are among the world’s strictest, already said international spectators will not be allowed to enter the country for the Games
  • China has all-but shut its borders to international travelers, with the number of international flights drastically reduced from pre-COVID levels
  • Organizers added that the closed loop system has been designed to keep competitors safe by reducing unnecessary interactions with the public 
  • Competitors are encouraged to wear masks and avoid crowded indoor spaces
  • Vaccination is not mandatory for the Beijing Games but some national Olympic committees, including the US, are requiring team members to be vaccinated

Competitors in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will need to be vaccinated or agree to a 21-day quarantine before the Games, and they will also be required to take daily COVID-19 tests and remain in a ‘closed loop’ that includes traveling between events.

China, where measures to tackle COVID-19 are among the world’s strictest, has already said international spectators will not be allowed to enter the country for the Games which will run from February 4 to February 20.

China has all-but shut its borders to international travelers, with the number of international flights drastically reduced from pre-COVID levels, and games organizers said on Monday that domestic and foreign airlines will be encouraged to operate temporary flights available only to participants.

Workers wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 raise a sun shade as Craig Thompson of Britain competes during the men’s skeleton in an IBSF Sanctioned Race, a test event for the 2022 Winter Olympics, at the Yanqing National Sliding Center in Beijing on Monday

The Emblem of Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games is installed at Shijingshan district

Games participants will need to be tested for COVID-19 before arrival, and athletes and team officials must be vaccinated to avoid 21 days in quarantine, with some exceptions for medical reasons granted on a case-by-case basis.

International Olympic Committee (IOC) Sports Director, Christophe Dubi

‘We want everyone at the Games to be safe, that’s why we’re asking all participants to follow these guidelines,’ IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi said in a statement.

‘Keeping everyone healthy will ensure the focus remains on the very fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the athletes and the sport.’

Organizers added that the closed loop system has been designed to keep competitors safe by reducing unnecessary interactions. 

Competitors will also be encouraged to wear masks and avoid spaces that are enclosed, crowded or involve close contact while every organization taking part in the Games will be asked to nominate COVID-19 Liaison Officers.

Vaccination is not mandatory for the Beijing Games but some national Olympic committees, including that of the United States and Canada, are requiring team members to be vaccinated.

Staff members sit at a check-in counter for media personnel, in front of a banner with guidance of COVID-19 control measures inside the venue

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