BERLIN (REUTERS) – Tickets for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics will be sold to mainland Chinese spectators only, while unvaccinated athletes must spend 21 days in quarantine before the Games, the International Olympic Committee announced on Wednesday 29 September.
The organizers of the Beijing Games informed the IOC 2022 Executive Board of the principles for organizing “a safe and successful Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games as planned,” the committee said.
The Beijing Games begin on February 4.
While acknowledging the disappointment of international fans who will not be able to attend, the IOC welcomed the decision to have Chinese spectators after the Tokyo games in July were held with empty stadiums due to the precautions of Covid-19.
“This will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China and bring a favorable atmosphere to the venues,” said the IOC.
The IOC said that among Beijing’s safety principles, all fully vaccinated participants would enter what it called a “closed-loop management system” upon arrival, in which they would roam freely.
This will cover all Games-related areas and stadiums as well as accommodation, catering and the opening and closing ceremonies, served by a dedicated transport system.
All national and international participants as well as the system’s workforce will be tested daily, the IOC said.
Participants who are not fully vaccinated must spend 21 days in quarantine upon arrival in the Chinese capital. The Games themselves last 16 days in total.
“Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their case reviewed,” the IOC said in a statement.
China said on Wednesday that 1.05 billion people were fully vaccinated on Tuesday.