IOC President Thomas Bach and Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission Chair Juan Antonio Samaranch joined the call as special guests and updated athlete representatives on the preparations in Beijing.

Additional accreditation quotas for athlete welfare officers will be introduced for NOCs at Beijing 2022.

A Q&A session was held for attendees, during which IOC directors and IOC AC members discussed their excitement for the Games, vaccinations, qualification and more.

Here, Emma summarises the key outcomes of the call.

It might feel like Tokyo 2020 was only yesterday, but there are now fewer than 120 days until the Opening Ceremony of Beijing 2022. I know from experience that there is not long to go now.

Delivering safe and successful Games

At Tokyo 2020, one of the key objectives was to keep the athlete community engaged and well-informed for every step of the way, and we want to do the same for the upcoming Winter Games.

I want to thank everyone who joined the global AC call on 5 October. Our goal was to give you all an update on preparations ahead of Beijing 2022 and discuss the key principles that will make it a safe and successful event.

I am also pleased to announce that the IOC Executive Board has approved additional accreditation quotas for “Welfare Officers” within NOCs at the Games. This is a really positive step in supporting you and your fellow athletes’ well-being, as welfare officers will focus on your mental health and safeguarding at the Games in Beijing.

Many thanks to President Bach and Beijing 2022 Coordination Commission Chair Juan Antonio Samaranch for joining the call, too. Juan Antonio spoke about how the venues were looking very good and that the legacy of Beijing 2022 will be second to none, with many programmes already in place several months before the Games have even started. Through the Games, China wants to encourage 300 million Chinese people to engage in winter sports. He also reiterated that the health measures being put in place will make for a safe and successful event.

President Bach congratulated all Tokyo 2020 participants for making it the most followed Games ever, with record digital engagement around the world. He also touched on the situation in Afghanistan and the importance of the mission of the Olympic Games, which is to bring the athletes of the world together.

Beijing 2022 information

The Playbook for Beijing 2022 will be available in the coming weeks, and we will organise another call to discuss this information and take your questions. If your AC is planning on holding information sessions on the Playbook, please let us know, as we would be happy to help with this.

Finally, I want to make you aware of an announcement made by WADA regarding banned substances, from 1 January 2022. Glucocorticoids administered by any kind of injection will be banned during the in-competition period. You and your entourage can find more information on this, and other changes, here.

Should you have any questions about the Commission or any feedback on how we can support you, please get in touch with us at athlete365@olympic.org or you can contact me directly at ac.chair@olympic.org.

Yours sincerely,

Emma Terho