BEIJING: During Tuesday’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board (EB) meeting, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee’s report highlighted its readiness and anticipation as it prepares to welcome the world for next year’s Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Beijing 2022 and the IOC used Tuesday’s meetings to re-emphasise the importance of COVID-19 countermeasures in light of the continually evolving global health situation. This commitment to delivering safe and secure Games will be supported by the imminent publication of the second edition of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks. These will provide participants with all the information necessary to finalise their planning for before, during and after the Games.
In order to clarify and mitigate any COVID-related impacts on competition, the IOC EB approved the following key Principles for the Competition Contingency Regulations for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022:
No athlete or team should be designated as “disqualified” for COVID-19 reasons, instead: “Did Not Start (DNS)” or an equivalent sport-specific designation will be used where the athletes or team cannot take part in competition.
The minimum result of the athlete/team will be protected, considering the phase of competition at which they could not compete.
Where possible, the place of an athlete or team unable to compete will be filled by the next most eligible athlete or team, allowing events to go ahead where possible and medals to be competed for on the field of play.
These principles, which were in place for Tokyo 2020, will now be implemented on a sport-specific basis with the respective International Federations and published ahead of the Beijing 2022 Games.
With less than 60 days to go until the Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony, the team in Beijing explained that they were now in operational delivery mode. Many of their teams have already moved into venues; and an increasing number of local and international workers are beginning to arrive to support preparations, while important operational readiness exercises continue to be conducted with stakeholders in the lead-up to the Games.
This follows a period in which over 10 international test events and training activities have taken place at various Games venues. So far, the fields of play and venues have received very positive feedback from many users, while the testing activities have also provided Beijing 2022 with important learning opportunities. This has allowed the local Organising Committee to continue to make operational improvements and address any issues ahead of the Games.
The Olympic Winter Games will take place between 4 and 20 February 2022 and the Paralympic Winter Games which will be held from 4 to 13 March 2022.