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Fans from abroad will not be allowed to travel to the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing while unvaccinated athletes will have to quarantine for three weeks.
Only fans, who meet still to be decided coronavirus criteria, from mainland China, will be able to attend the event, which takes place February 4-20, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday
Vaccination for athletes is not mandatory to compete, but unvaccinated athletes must undergo a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in China. "Athletes who can provide a justified medical exemption will have their cases considered," the IOC said.
Both vaccinated and unvaccinated athletes will then operate in a coronavirus bubble until they leave China.
The IOC said among the principles were that all fully vaccinated participants would enter what it called a "closed-loop management system" immediately upon their arrival, within which they will move freely.
This will cover all Games-related areas and stadiums as well as accommodation, catering and the opening and closing Ceremonies, served by a dedicated transport system.
All domestic and international Games participants as well as the workforce in the system will be tested daily.
The same rules will apply to the subsequent Paralympic Games.
Overseas fans were also banned from the Tokyo Olympics this summer with only a few events attended by Japanese, but overseas athletes did not have to quarantine.