The International Olympic Committee (IOC), the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) and the Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (Beijing 2022) published the first editions of the Beijing 2022 Playbooks today.
The two Playbooks, one for athletes and team officials and one for all other stakeholders, provide comprehensive COVID-19 guidelines that will help participants prepare for travelling to and arriving in China, fulfilling their roles at the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and their departure from Beijing.
According to Christophe Dubi, IOC Olympic Games Executive Director, “The Playbooks provide a game plan to help Olympic and Paralympic Games participants, and consequently, the local population, stay safe and healthy during Games-time. They have been developed jointly by the IOC, the IPC and Beijing 2022, incorporating the very latest scientific advice and proven countermeasures implemented during the pandemic. This includes important learnings from international sports events held in recent months.”
We want everyone at the Games to be safe, that’s why we’re asking all participants to follow these guidelines. Keeping everyone healthy will ensure the focus remains on the very fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games – the athletes and the sport, ” he added.
Colleen Wrenn, the IPC’s Chief Paralympic Games Delivery Officer, said that, “The last 12 months, in particular, have proven that major sport events involving multiple stakeholders from around the world can be held safely providing everyone involved follows the COVID-19 countermeasures outlined by organizers.”
“With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, absolutely no one involved in the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 can afford to be complacent. Therefore, it is critical that everyone planning to attend the Games to follow the principles of the Playbooks which are based on the latest scientific advice and key learnings from other events,” Wrenn said.
According to Vice President and Secretary General of Beijing 2022, Han Zirong, “The Playbooks demonstrate the consensus of all parties involved. In developing the Playbooks, we made it a top priority to safeguard the safety and health of all Games participants including athletes, as well as the Chinese people, draw on the experiences from other international sports events, and the COVID-19 policy currently in effect in China.”
“We will work with all stakeholders on the implementation of the Playbooks and together, deliver to the world a streamlined, safe and splendid Games.”