— Published 19 January 2021

The seminar for heads of mission in virtual mode

Anything but a surprise. The IOC has confirmed it: the traditional seminar for heads of mission will take a virtual form for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games. The gathering of representatives from participating countries should have taken place in China from February 1 to 5, 2021. It would have allowed future heads of mission of foreign delegations to visit the Olympic venues, including competition venues. But the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions have forced Chinese organisers to revise their plans. The seminar will be held remotely, by videoconference. It will be reduced to just two days, February 1 and 2. In such a context, it seems unlikely that the next big meeting of the Olympic movement, the IOC session, can be held in person. It is scheduled for the beginning of March 2021 in Athens.