Acting ANOC President expresses support for Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022

Acting ANOC President Robin Mitchell today expressed its support for the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the preparations undertaken by the IOC and Organising Committee to ensure a safe and successful Games. ANOC also urged NOCs to ensure their teams have studied the Beijing 2022 Playbooks and adhere to the measures described.

Acting ANOC President Mitchell and ANOC Secretary General Gunilla Lindberg joined representatives from the National Olympic Committees (NOCs) on a consultation call led by the IOC on the upcoming Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022.

IOC President Thomas Bach welcomed the representatives from the NOCs and gave them the latest information about the preparations in Beijing 2022 and emphasised the need to follow the measures in the Playbooks. President Bach said: “Beijing starts now for all of us. We must do everything to ensure that the Olympic dreams of athletes are not taken away just days before departure. The Playbooks are not just a rule book – they should now be a way of life”.

Juan Antonio Samaranch, Chair of the IOC Coordination Commission for Beijing 2022, informed participants on the call that everything is on track to stage safe Olympic Winter Games. IOC Olympic Games Executive Director Christophe Dubi and Olympic Games Operations Director Pierre Ducrey who, joined from Beijing, explained that the arrivals procedures are working smoothly and the closed-loop management system is in place. He also explained that test events have been held successfully, and learnings from these test events have been incorporated into Games planning to ensure excellent conditions for the athletes to perform at the highest level.

It was explained by b the IOC Medical and Scientific Director, Dr Richard Budgett, that athletes and Games participants with an essential role can continue participating at the Olympic Games, even if they are defined as a close contact to a person who has tested positive for COVID-19. The IOC outlined the protocol in place for such cases which will involve testing twice a day and special arrangements for travel and dining.

Athletes and Games participants who test positive for COVID-19 and are asymptomatic 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. 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 they 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.

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