Beijing is moving ahead with the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, but with strict limitations on spectators. Foreign fans have been banned and tickets are currently only available to Chinese fans who meet "specific requirements".
According to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) which held an executive board meet with the Beijing 2022 team on 29 September, these requirements refer to Covid-19 countermeasures for local spectators.
Details of ticketing arrangements are under discussion and development, and will be released to the public once they are finalised. A first version of the Games' guidelines is expected to be released in late October, and a second version in December.
In addition, all international athletes, delegation officials and Games staff will stay in contracted hotels only, compliant with Covid-19 measures for the major sporting event.
Everyone attending the Beijing Olympics will have to be vaccinated, a rule that was made voluntary for Tokyo's Summer Olympics.
Games participants who are not fully vaccinated will have to serve a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in Beijing.
The ban on foreign fans is hardly surprising, following the complete absence of spectators from Tokyo 2020.
While the Summer Olympics also faced the risk of complete cancellation, this is unlikely for Beijing, however China remains shut to international tourists, with Beijing only granting visas for work.
The Winter OIympics will be spread across three distinct host cities: Beijing's city centre, Yanqing district, and Zhangjiakou city — all connected by the Jing-Zhang high-speed railway which can reach speeds of up to 350kmh.
Source: Travel Weekly Asia