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  • The International Olympic committee will require a three-week quarantine period for all unvaccinated athletes and staff attending the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics.
  • Full vaccination is required 14 days prior to departure in Beijing, and regular testing will take place regardless of one’s vaccination status.
  • “Keeping everyone healthy will ensure the focus remains on the very fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the athletes and the sport,” Dubi said.

The International Olympic committee will require a three-week quarantine period for all unvaccinated athletes and staff attending the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics, according to “playbooks” released Monday

Full vaccination is required 14 days prior to departure in Beijing, and regular testing will take place regardless of one’s vaccination status. 

“We want everyone at the Games to be safe, that’s why we’re asking all participants to follow these guidelines,” Christophe Dubi, IOC's olympic games executive director, said in a release. 

“Keeping everyone healthy will ensure the focus remains on the very fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the athletes and the sport.”


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The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced in September athletes competing for a spot at the Beijing Winter Olympics must be fully vaccinated. 

Under the rule, full vaccination status is required for athletes and staff who use USOPC training facilities starting Nov. 1, and the rule “will also apply to our full Team USA delegation at future Olympic and Paralympic Games,” CEO Sarah Hirshland wrote in a letter obtained by The Associated Press.

“The stark reality is that this pandemic is far from over,” Hirshland added. “This step will increase our ability to create a safe and productive environment for Team USA athletes and staff, and allow us to restore consistency in planning, preparation and service to athletes.”

Team USA’s website states that as of Dec. 1, 2021, all “delegation members and hopefuls for future Games will need to submit documentation of their full vaccination, or be granted an exemption as a condition of participation.”


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Published on Oct 25, 2021