The bubble – from January 23 to the end of the Winter Paralympics on March 13 – will cover all stadiums and competition venues as well as accommodation, catering and the opening and closing ceremonies. It will also have its own transport system.
“Within a closed loop, participants will be allowed to move only between sports-related venues for training, competitions and work,” the IOC said.
Athletes and other participants who have been fully vaccinated will be allowed to enter the bubble without quarantine. Meanwhile, those who have not been fully vaccinated will have to spend 21 days in quarantine upon arrival.
A Chinese version of the protocol cited by state media said “all athletes who are eligible to be vaccinated should be vaccinated,” while other participants can opt for full vaccination or a 21-day centralized quarantine.
“The cases of athletes who can provide an appropriate medical exemption will be considered,” the IOC statement said, adding that all vaccines recognized by the World Health Organization or approved by relevant countries or territories will be accepted .
According to the IOC statement, all domestic and international participants and staff in the bubble will be tested daily for COVID-19.
foreign fan ban
The IOC welcomed the decision to admit spectators to Beijing, while acknowledging disappointment that fans outside mainland China would be banned.
“It will facilitate the development of winter sports in China by providing the first Olympic and Paralympic experience of specific winter sports to those spectators, as well as by bringing a conducive environment to the venues,” it said.
Organizers said specific COVID-19 safety requirements and ticket arrangements for spectators are still under discussion, with more information to be released in late October and December.
In addition to the challenges posed by the pandemic, the Beijing Games also face intense political pressure.
China has repeatedly denied allegations of human rights abuses, saying the centers are necessary to prevent religious extremism and terrorism.
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