— Published 8 December 2021

IOC rules out any idea of postponement

Let it be known: the Beijing 2022 Winter Games will take place as scheduled (4 to 20 February). The new wave of the COVID-19 pandemic will not change anything. Diplomatic boycotts, announced or to come, even less. The IOC said it over and over again on Tuesday 7 December, on the first day of the virtual meeting of its Executive Board. We have learned from these two years in a COVID world that we must be flexible and ready to adapt to rapidly changing conditions,” said Spain’s Juan Antonio Samarach, chairman of the Beijing Games Coordination Commission, during an online press briefing. This is what we will do in Beijing. We have a strong and well-trained team. We have rehearsed every possible situation. The Chinese have prepared themselves for every possible eventuality. I don’t want to say that we expect the coronavirus to advance or retreat, but we are prepared. To be successful, the Games must be safe. They will be extremely safe. Juan Antonio Samaranch recalled that one of the determining elements in terms of health security would be the respect of the bubble provided for athletes, media and officials. As for the question of whether or not spectators will be present, which remains unanswered less than two months before the opening, it will depend on the evolution of the health situation. Christophe Dubi, the director of the Games, explained during the same online press briefing that the decision would be taken in the coming weeks. Too late to launch the ticketing? “As soon as the “on” button is pressed, we will start the sales, that’s for sure”, Christophe Dubi assured.