— Published 19 October 2021

Americans to travel by charter

Pékin 2022

We will have to wait until the end of October, and the publication of the first version of the playbook, to know the details about the anti-COVID-19 measures prepared by the organisers of the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. But it already seems certain that they will be even stricter than at the Tokyo 2020 Games. A new clue came from Jonathan Finnoff, the chief medical officer of the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC). Speaking at a media briefing on the Beijing Games, he explained that every effort would be made to keep interaction between athletes and the general public to a minimum. “We will not be able to travel on commercial airlines,” said Jonathan Finnof. About 240 US athletes will travel to China for the Olympic Games, and another 60 for the Paralympic Games. In both cases, they will travel from the US on flights chartered by the USOPC. The US Olympic Committee has already announced that members of its delegation will need to be vaccinated by November 1st, 2021, to participate in the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. The Chinese have not made this a requirement, but accredited persons who are not vaccinated will be subject to a 21-day quarantine upon entry into China.