— Published 21 October 2021

Mandatory vaccination for the Canadian delegation

Canada is following the lead of the United States. The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) has announced that it has notified all potential members of Team Canada for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games that they will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to be considered for selection. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) made the same decision last month, making vaccination mandatory by November 1st, 2021, for all members of its delegation. “We know that the best way to keep athletes, staff and the communities where we live, train and compete safe is for all members of Team Canada to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19,” said David Shoemaker, COC Director and Secretary General in a statement. “For this reason, and following the recent announcement by the federal government that all air travellers will be required to be fully vaccinated as of October 30th, 2021, we have advised the Beijing 2022 Olympic promising athletes and mission team members that they must be fully vaccinated in order to be called to Team Canada.” The Canadian Olympic body points out that its 840-strong delegation to the Tokyo 2020 Games did not record a single positive case. “We have the same goal in Beijing,” says David Shoemaker. “A fully vaccinated team that follows strict protocols for hygiene and physical distance is the best way to achieve this.”