— Published 6 January 2022

The media will remain in the bubble

Things are speeding up in Beijing. On Wednesday 5 January, with 30 days to go before the start of the Winter Games, the Chinese organisers officially opened the Main Press Centre (MPC). It is located in the Chinese capital, within the Olympic Park, between the opening ceremony stadium (Bird’s Nest) and the main competition arena (Ice Cube). The Organising Committee took the opportunity to introduce its two official spokespersons for the Olympic Games: Zhao Weidong and Yan Jiarong. They will accompany IOC spokesperson Mark Adams and IPC spokesperson Craig Spence during the daily Olympic and Paralympic press conferences held at the MPC. Another press centre, for non-accredited journalists, will be set up in Beijing, outside the sanitary bubble. Finally, a media centre is planned in Zhangjiakou, one of the two clusters for snow sports competitions. As the two spokespersons for Beijing 2022 explained on the sidelines of the MPC opening, accredited journalists will be able to interview athletes in the mixed zones of the competition venues, Olympic villages and medal squares in Beijing and Zhangjiakou. Press conferences at the MPC will be broadcast live and streamed on the MyInfo system. Inside the bubble, media representatives will only have access to a few mini-markets and laundry facilities. However, they will be able to use a dedicated team to make purchases outside the sanitary bubble on their behalf.