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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: IOC Will Only Sell Tickets To Chinese Citizens

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UPDATE: Chinese citizens will be the only ones permitted to buy tickets to the upcoming Winter Olympics, according to a ruling today by the International Olympic Committee.

The IOC said in a statement its decision was made in consultation with the Chinese government.

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“Tickets will be sold exclusively to spectators residing in China’s mainland, who meet the requirements of the COVID-19 countermeasures. Specific requirements on COVID-19 countermeasures for spectators from China’s mainland and the details of ticketing arrangements are under discussion and development and will be released to the public in due course once they are finalized.”

“The IOC and IPC welcome the decision to allow for the sale of tickets to spectators residing in China’s mainland,” the committee added. “This will facilitate the growth of winter sports in China by giving those spectators a first-hand Olympic and Paralympic experience of elite winter sports, as well as bringing a favorable atmosphere to the venues. However, all parties feel for the athletes and the spectators from around the world, knowing that the restriction on spectators from outside mainland China had to be put in place in order to ensure the safe holding of the Games 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 further pressure on the IOC. This is particularly true since ratings were down for the summer games.

The IOC previously said all participants in the 2022 Winter Olympics must be vaccinated. They IOC will review any requests for a medical exemption.

EARLIER: All athletes must be vaccinated against Covid-19 to participate in the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee announced Wednesday.

All USOPC employees and contractors must be vaccinated by Nov. 1. Anyone hoping to be part of the US delegation must be vaccinated by Dec. 1. Medical and religious exemptions will be allowed.

Athletes did not have to be vaccinated to take part in the just-concluded Tokyo Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee has not issued any vaccine mandate for the Beijing Games, which start Feb. 4, 2022. That’s partially because access to vaccines is difficult in some parts of the world.

The US Olympics athletes delegation is expected to be around 240.

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