UPDATE: According to a ruling issued today by the International Olympic Committee, Chinese citizens will be the only ones permitted to buy tickets to the forthcoming Winter Olympics.
In a statement, the IOC stated that its decision was made in consultation with the Chinese government in.
Tickets will be distributed exclusively to Chinese spectators residing on China's mainland, who comply with the COVID-19 countermeasures. Specific requirements for COVID-19 countermeasures for spectators from China's mainland, as well as the details of ticketing arrangements, are under discussion and development, and will be released to the public in the future once they are finalized.
The IOC and IPC are delighted with the decision to allow tickets to spectators residing on China's mainland, the committee added. This will allow China to expand winter sports by providing those spectators with a first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience of elite winter sport, as well as bringing ambiance to the venues. Despite this, all parties feel for the athletes and spectators from all around the world, recognizing that the restrictions on spectator spectator originating outside mainland China had to be implemented to ensure the Games' safe holding this winter.
Given the financial bath generated by the Tokyo Summer Olympics, which were postponed and then had travel and attendance restrictions, the decision to limit the audience for the Winter Games could put more pressure on the IOC. This is particularly true since the summer games' ratings were low.
All participants in the 2022 Winter Olympics must be vaccinated, according to the IOC. They will examine any requests for a medical exemption from the IOC, as indicated.
EARLIER: The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced on Wednesday that all athletes must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
By Nov. 1, all USOPC employees and contractors must be vaccinated. Anyone hoping to be a part of the US delegation must be invaccinated by December 1st. Medical and religious exemptions will be allowed.
To participate in the Tokyo Olympics, athletes did not have to be vaccinated.
The Beijing Games, which start February 4, 2022, have no vaccine mandate. This is partly because vaccination access is difficult in some parts of the world.
Around 240 people are expected to attend the US Olympics athletes delegation.