— Published 27 September 2021

Americans prepare for closed-door competitions

Beijing 2022

With less than five months to go before the opening of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games (February 4th-20th), the Chinese still have not unveiled their anti-COVID-19 plan. Nor have they begun the campaign to sell tickets for the Olympic and Paralympic events. But the Americans are already preparing for a closed-door event. Susanne Lyons, the president of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC), told the media during an online press conference that she expected Chinese organisers to implement sanitary measures similar to those in place at the Tokyo 2020 Games. “We have not yet had any information about the possible presence of the athletes’ family and friends, but I think it is quite possible that once again the number of spectators will be very limited, and probably even reduced to operational staff only,” said Susanne Lyons. The American executive said that the USOPC partners were waiting for the publication of the Beijing Games playbook, announced for next month, to decide on their communication strategy for the event. Many of them resigned themselves to the fact that they will not be allowed to go to China and will have to activate their partnership through operations organised on American soil only.