Athletes not fully vaccinated will face quarantine ahead of Beijing 2022

Organisers say athletes who are vaccinated will go into a 'closed-loop management system' when they arrive for the Games.

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The announcement came after a meeting of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

Athletes at next year’s Winter Olympics and Paralympics who are not fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will have to quarantine for 21 days upon arriving in Beijing.

The announcement came after a meeting of the International Olympic Committee and the International Paralympic Committee.

Organisers say athletes who are vaccinated will go into a “closed-loop management system” when they arrive for the Games.

An IOC statement read: “All athletes and Games participants who are fully vaccinated will enter the closed-loop management system upon arrival.

“Games participants who are not fully vaccinated will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.

“Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered.

“All vaccines recognised by WHO or related international organisations, or approved officially by the countries or regions concerned, will be accepted.”

It was also announced that tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators who live in mainland China who meet the requirements of the Covid-19 protocols.

The statement added: “This will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China by giving those spectators a first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience of elite winter sports, as well as bringing a favourable atmosphere to the venues.”

The 2022 Winter Olympics take place next February with the Paralympics in March.