Earning your opportunity to represent your nation and compete in your sport on the world’s biggest stage, the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, is an exceptional achievement. However, before you compete, we want to make sure you are clear on everything, from the COVID countermeasures outlined in the Athletes and Officials Playbook to the commercial opportunities available to you during your time in the Olympic spotlight.

Here is a recap of the key points you will need to know as a competing athlete at the Games:

Advice before you travel

Following the experience of the first arrivals in Beijing and with more and more of you beginning to travel to the Chinese capital for the upcoming Olympic Winter Games, additional practical tips have been put together by organisers to further help limit the possibility of getting infected with COVID-19 and transmitting it to others in the lead-up to and during travel.

View the advice article here.

Athletes and Officials Playbook

Developed jointly by Beijing 2022, the IOC and the IPC, in close collaboration with the Chinese Government and relevant authorities, the Playbooks outline the principles and COVID-19 countermeasures that will ensure that the Games take place successfully and safely.
All Games participants must follow the Playbooks and understand the plans, the steps they must take and the rules they must follow. The success of these Games depends on all participants playing their part.

Here is the link to the Playbook that is specific to athletes and officials:

Athletes and Officials Playbook (ENG).

Athlete expression: Rule 50

Ensure you have read and understood the Rule 50.2 Guidelines for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Building on existing opportunities, the IOC Athletes’ Commission launched a consultation process with athletes and athlete representatives to explore new ways for you to express your views during the Games while respecting the Olympic spirit.

Further information can be found here on our page dedicated to athlete expression.

Commercial opportunities: Rule 40

The Olympic Charter Rule 40 Key Principles outline how you, as competing athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, can engage in and benefit from commercial activities around the Olympic Games. The Rule 40 framework is important as it enables the Olympic Movement to fund all Olympic teams worldwide, Olympic sports and the Olympic Games themselves.

Rule 40 Illustrative Guidance for Beijing 2022 Athletes

Key Principles of Rule 40 for Athletes at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

Visit our dedicated Rule 40 resource page for more information, FAQs and further background.

IOC Digital and Social Media Guidelines

These guidelines provide clarity on what you can and cannot do across your digital and social media platforms during the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

Visit our dedicated page to download the guidelines. 

Anti-Doping

We protect clean athletes by leading the fight against doping, to ensure a zero-tolerance policy to combat cheating and to make anyone responsible for using or providing doping products accountable.

Visit our dedicated page on with advice on anti-doping and protecting clean athletes.

Here is a link to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)’s latest prohibited substances list.

Rules for using music in your routine (specific for figure skating at Beijing 2022)

As an athlete using music in your routine, you need to respect the legal rights in the music used.

Here, we provide guidance and advice to ensure your music choice is fully compliant.

Mental Health Helpline

As a dedicated service for all accredited athletes and entourage members at the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, the Mental Health Helpline is available 24/7 in over 70 languages, from the opening of the Olympic Village and for three months following the Closing Ceremony of the Games.

Access the confidential support service in your preferred language here.

For further advice and mental health support, visit our dedicated #MentallyFit resources.