The 5 January call saw IOC President Thomas Bach address athletes on the latest preparations in Beijing
The 16 December call was held jointly by the IOC AC and IPC AC to discuss the second version of the Beijing 2022 playbooks, released in December.
A Q&A session was held for athletes on both calls, during which IOC directors and other members present answered questions.
The IOC President joined the call on 5 January 2022 to take the opportunity to address athletes directly and discuss the importance of following the Beijing 2022 playbooks. All participants are urged to embrace the spirit of the Playbooks now, in preparation for a safe arrival in China.
The latest version of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks expands on the first version, going into greater detail as to what participants at the Games can expect from their stay. IOC and IPC experts spoke in depth about the new additions in the second version of the Playbooks, including:
- Further detail on booster shots.
- Beijing 2022 staff requirements and health procedures.
- The entire stakeholder journey from start to finish, including COVID-19-related procedures at the Games.
By limiting your physical interactions and any unnecessary activities now before travelling to China, you will make a big difference, and help avoid participants at the Games testing positive for COVID-19. Please read carefully the latest edition of the Playbook for details on policies before departure.
Policies and procedures at the Games
One important element for the successful delivery of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 was the vital role that Covid Liaison Officers (CLOs) played in keeping all participants safe at the Games. That will continue to be the case at Beijing 2022, and if you have any immediate COVID-19-related questions, your designated CLO within your NOC should be your first contact.
Every participant at the Games will undergo a COVID-19 test upon arrival, and will also be tested daily throughout the entire Games period.
All local Organising Committee staff and Games participants will be fully vaccinated, will follow all COVID-19 countermeasures such as face masks and social distancing, and will remain in the closed loop during the Games.
Finally, please speak with your NOC and CLO to ensure you are aware of any additional COVID-19-related requirements for your delegation.
Close contact and positive tests management
During the calls, it was emphasised that athletes and other Games participants with an essential role can continue participating at the Olympic Games, even if they are classed as a close contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. A special regime for close contacts is in place for such cases, including testing twice a day and special arrangements for travel and dining. For example, conditions are in place to ensure the quality of meals, and athletes will also be able to draw on mental health support at all times.
Athletes and Games participants who test positive for COVID-19 will be discharged from quarantine once they have two consecutive negative COVID-19 (PCR) test results with at least 24 hours between the two samples and no other COVID-19 symptoms for three consecutive days. They will then be released into the close-contact management system, i.e. tested twice per day, but allowed as a close contact to carry on their essential activities related to the Games without being isolated. For athletes, that means you would be able to continue training and competing. Each situation will be reviewed by a Medical Expert Panel (MEP) made up of top-level Chinese and international medical experts.
As with Tokyo 2020, Rule 50.2 will apply in Beijing 2022, as we keep our focus on the sporting excellence of you and your fellow athletes. Please refer to the Athlete365 Rule 50: Athlete Expression page for more information on this.
16 December call
The previous call, which took place on 16 December 2021, was hosted by IOC AC Chair Emma Terho alongside newly elected IPC AC Chair Jitske Visser on the day that marked 50 days until the start of the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, with over 130 athlete representatives present.
The call was dedicated to the second version of the Beijing Playbook, which was released in the days prior, and featured presentations from various IOC experts such as Olympic Games Operations Director Pierre Ducrey and Head of NOC Games Services Toshio Tsurunaga.
After the discussions on the second version of the Playbooks across both calls, the floor was opened up to the athlete representatives. The participants had the chance to put questions directly to the relevant experts.