The Beijing 2022 games, only for controlled groups of guests
Just two days after the Chinese health authorities confirmed the detection of the first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus in the country’s capital, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has published the definitive spectator policy for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games.
Less than three weeks before the start of the great sporting event and in the midst of numerous outbreaks declared in recent weeks in the adjacent regions, the final decision is that of allow access to sports venues for small groups of highly controlled guests.
“Given the current situation of the Covid-19 pandemic, to guarantee the safety of all participants and spectators, it has been decided that tickets will not be sold but will be part of an adapted program that will invite groups of spectators to be present at the place during the Games”,
COI has explained in an official note.
“The organizers hope that these spectators strictly comply with Covid-19 countermeasures before, during and after each event, to help create an absolutely safe environment for athletes.”
In the pandemic prevention and control policy for the Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, dated September 29, 2021, one of the principles was that tickets would be sold exclusively to spectators residing in mainland China who met all the requirements included in the measures against Covid-19
The Winter Olympics will take place between February 4 and 20, 2022, while the Paralympic Winter Games will take place from March 4 to 13, 2022.
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in China has reached the 104,745, including 3,451 patients still receiving treatment, of which 11 were in serious condition. A total of 4,636 have died in the country as a result of the coronavirus.