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30 September 2021, 17:35

IOC names principles for safe Olympics in Beijing

Photo courtesy of olympic.org
Photo courtesy of olympic.org

MINSK, 30 September (BelTA) – The International Olympic Committee (IOC) named principles that will help deliver safe Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, BelTA learned from the press service of the National Olympic Committee of Belarus.

The International Olympic Committee held an Executive Board meeting on 29 September to outline the principles of the safe 24th Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. These principles are based on wide-ranging consultations with international experts and the Chinese authorities, as well as the experience of Olympic and Paralympic stakeholders.

All athletes and Games participants who are fully vaccinated will enter the 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.

Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered.

From 23 January 2022 until the end of the Paralympics, a closed-loop management system will be implemented to ensure the safe delivery of the Games. This closed-loop management system 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 vaccines recognized by WHO or related international organizations, or approved officially by the countries or regions concerned, will be accepted in the 2022 Beijing Organizing Committee.

All Games participants will be subject to daily testing.

The Organizing Committee decided that tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures. Specific requirements on COVID-19 countermeasures for spectators from China's mainland and the details of ticketing arrangements are under discussion and development, and will be released to the public in due course once they are finalized.

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