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Winter Olympics to include daily testing of athletes

Field Level Media
26 Oct 2021, 04:19 GMT+10

The International Olympic Committee announced rules and restrictions for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, including a three-week quarantine for unvaccinated competitors, daily testing for vaccinated athletes and spectators from the host country of China only.

All athletes will be placed in what is being called a "closed-loop management system," to separate participants from the outside population. It will include a closed setting for all Games-related areas such as arrival at airports, transportation to venues and practices, accommodations and areas where meals are served.

Daily COVID-19 testing of athletes will take place, whether individuals are vaccinated or not.

The Winter Olympics, which begin Feb. 4, will be slightly less restrictive than the recently completed Tokyo Summer Games. Where fans were not allowed this past summer in Japan, residents of China will be permitted to attend.

"This will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China by giving those spectators a first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience of elite winter sports, as well as bringing a favorable atmosphere to the venues," the IOC said in a release.

"However, all parties feel for the athletes and the spectators from around the world, knowing that the restriction on spectators from outside mainland China had to be put in place in order to ensure the safe holding of the games this winter."

Team USA already has announced that all of its athletes will be required to be fully vaccinated in advance of traveling to Beijing.

--Field Level Media

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