Entourage members are a crucial part of any athlete’s journey but with the Games now upon us, that journey is all about the athlete and how best those around the athlete can show that support in ways likely never seen before.

Kitty Chiller – IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission member

What information is available to my athlete about COVID-19 counter measures?

The IOC and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) have worked with the Chinese government, the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee and the relevant authorities to create the Playbooks. These documents outline the principles and COVID-19 countermeasures, such as the vaccination policy, the “closed loop” management system and regular testing, enabling the Games to take place safely. Each delegation will be appointed a Covid Liaison Officer (CLO), who will support athletes with all matters regarding COVID-19 and the Playbooks.

Are athletes and entourage members required to be vaccinated?

It is mandatory to be fully vaccinated at least 14 days prior to departure for China to be allowed into the closed loop system without quarantine, unless exempt for medical reasons outlined in the Playbooks. Anyone not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival before entering the closed loop system. Please refer to the Playbooks for further information on vaccination.

Are there any restrictions on athletes period of stay?

It is recommended that athletes leave China within 48 hours of their last competition, unless they to participate in the Closing Ceremony.

What additional support is available to athletes in China?

Mentallyfit Helpline and mental health resources

Outside the athlete’s own delegation, which may include support staff, the #MentallyFit Helpline, a free and confidential mental health support helpline, is available 24 hours a day during the Games in over 70 languages. You can find more information here including a number of resources and articles from leading experts in the field. For any safeguarding concerns, the IOC has a Safeguarding Officer on site at the Olympic Villages.

More than ever, in these unique Games, the athletes will need the support from their entourage even from home #StrongerTogether.

Jean-Michel Saive – IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission member

Entourage – trust in yourselves and be proud to be part of the worldwide Olympic community. It is an exciting time for awesome athletes, and you are the best role model to show fairness and openness for diversity. Practice your moments of excellence and share your confidence and fun!

Ulla Koch – IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission member

Integrity hotline

If you suspect an athlete is suffering from harassment or abuse, you can report it using the IOC Integrity Hotline. For more information on safe sport, visit Athlete365 and check out the entourage-specific safe sport information and factsheets here.

How can I stay in contact with my athlete?

To stay connected, each athlete will receive a Samsung smartphone, and Wi-Fi is widely available across the Olympic Villages and Olympic venues. Please remember that all three Olympic Villages in China are in the +8 UTC time zone. Make sure you are aware of the contact details of your athletes’ delegation for specific athlete-related matters and emergencies!

How can I celebrate virtually with an athlete after their performance?

We have introduced the “Athlete Moment” –  a special moment you can share with your athlete via a video call right after their performance. Join the private video room to watch their competition and celebrate together with the athlete! The Athlete Moment will bring together athletes and their families and friends in a virtual hug that will reach around the world.  Find out which sports are eligible and all the details on how your athlete can register on Athlete365 here.

To read more about the countermeasures and regulations in place for Beijing 2022, please read the Athletes and Officials Playbook and refer to the Frequently Asked Questions for further information.

If you would like to get in touch with the IOC Athletes’ Entourage Commission, please contact athlete365@olympics.org.