The IOC AC met with athletes and athlete representatives to discuss Beijing 2022 and the release of the Athletes and Team Officials Playbook.

Among those joining Emma Terho (IOC AC Chair) on the call were a number of IOC directors and experts to provide the latest information to athletes.

To help ensure you enjoy safe and successful Games, you can download the Athletes and Team Officials Playbook for Beijing 2022 now.

As I am sure you all know, Beijing 2022 is now less than 100 days away. We are truly on the final straight. The Chinese organisers and everyone involved have been working tirelessly to prepare for these Games, and we have no doubt that they will provide an excellent  environment for you to perform. And, with the release of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks, you can now gain an even better understanding of what to expect.

Welcoming the declaration of the G20 Leaders’ Summit

Firstly, we welcome the recognition received at the G20 Leaders’ Summit, as they recently assembled in Rome and expressed their support for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

In their G20 Rome Leaders’ Declaration, the Heads of State and Heads of Government said: “We look ahead to Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics 2022 as opportunities for competition for athletes from around the world, which serves as a symbol of humanity’s resilience.”

Reflecting on this important declaration from the G20, IOC President Thomas Bach thanked the leaders for their support and said: “The IOC warmly welcomes the recognition and support of the G20 Leaders’ Summit for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, with the Olympic athletes demonstrating humanity’s resilience against COVID-19.”

This declaration is representative of the importance of the Olympic Games not only for you, the competing athletes, but society as a whole.

I really encourage you to promote the Playbook within your athlete communities and on your social media channels, so your fellow winter sports athletes are aware of the measures we are taking to deliver safe and successful Games for everyone.

Emma Terho

Release of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks

As we discussed in more detail during the briefing call, the Athletes and Team Officials Playbook for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 was recently released. I hope that you have all had a chance to read through this important document and understand the measures in place.

As was the case for Tokyo 2020, the Playbooks are a key resource to help all Games participants, as well as the local population, stay safe and healthy during Games time.

The Athletes and Team Officials Playbook has been developed jointly by the IOC, the IPC and Beijing 2022 – a process in which our Athletes’ Commission has been very involved, too. The Playbook incorporates the very latest scientific advice and proven countermeasures implemented during the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes important lessons from international sporting events held in recent months, counting, of course, the successful Tokyo 2020 Games. Test events also continue to take place.

Keep yourself and your peers informed

Finally, I really encourage you to promote the Playbook within your athlete communities and on your social media channels, so your fellow winter sports athletes are aware of the measures we are taking to deliver safe and successful Games for everyone.

The information provided has been gathered and is available through Athlete365, but we are always open to hearing from you and finding out how we can better support you. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with our Commission through Athlete365, or contact me directly via ac.chair@olympic.org.

Take care and thank you, as always, for your collaboration and support.

The Athletes and Team Officials Playbook for Beijing 2022 is available now. Read more.

Emma Terho