Lausanne | SwitzerlandDay 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting.Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
Day 3 of the IOC Executive Board meeting is held in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

Countdown to Beijing 2022: Boycotts, Criticism and Problem Childs

With less than 60 days before the Opening Ceremony on February 4, the International Olympic Committee would clearly love for the attention to be focused on athletes heading into the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The chances of that are slim, though, with recent worldwide focus on the Chinese government’s conduct ahead of […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandIOC President, Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin
IOC President Thomas Bach chairs the Executive Board meeting held in Olympic House in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photograph by IOC/Greg Martin

IOC President Says U.S. Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics ‘a Purely Political Decision’

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said diplomatic boycotts by the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom ahead of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing “is a purely political decision for each government” and the IOC will continue to be apolitical. The United Kingdom and Australia have joined the U.S. […]

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U.S. to Enact Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Games

The U.S. government has officially announced it will enact a diplomatic boycott of the Olympic Winter and Paralympic Games in response to China’s human rights record, a move that will prevent government officials from attending in an official capacity but that will allow Team USA athletes to compete. The announcement from the White House, a […]

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Competitiors in the men's 5,000 meter event at the 1984 Olympic Summer Games in Los Angeles circle past the Olympic torch during the race on August 11, 1984. Los Angeles in 2028 will join London and Paris as the only three-time hosts of the Olympic Summer Games. (AP Photo, File)

With 90 Days to Go, Beijing Olympic Organizers Still Working on Details

With about 90 days to go until the start of that 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, organizers said they are continuing to work out logistics such as limited flights into China for stakeholders and have yet to establish capacity limits for Chinese spectators as they wait to see how COVID rates may affect those […]

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A young child stands near the countdown clock of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as it crosses into the 100 days countdown to the opening of the Winter Olympics in Beijing on October 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Beijing 2022 Organizers Confirm Closed Loop, Isolation for Winter Olympians

Organizers for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games confirmed, as part of celebrations for the 100-day countdown to the Games, that participants will be strictly isolated from the general population and would be expelled if they violate restrictions of movement put in place to combat COVID-19. Vice mayor and Beijing 2022 Organizing Committee Official Zhang Jiandong […]

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IOC, Beijing 2022, Outline COVID Countermeasures for Olympic and Paralympic Games

Athletes, officials, dignitaries, marketers, broadcasters, media and others traveling to Beijing for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will have to undergo more strict COVID-19 countermeasures than were put in place in Tokyo for the 2021 Summer Games, under terms of the first documents outlining the game plan for both events. Among the rules […]

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People wearing face masks to protect against COVID-19 walk past a display showing a countdown clock to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing on August 18, 2021. Beijing's top official is reiterating the need for strict anti-coronavirus measures at the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

USOPC Trying to Stay Apolitical Ahead of Beijing 2022

Athletic competition itself was not the focus of a press conference by the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee on Tuesday morning as questions focused on Beijing, the host of the upcoming 2022 Olympic Winter Games, and how the Games have become a flashpoint for the various geopolitical issues surrounding China. “We encourage our athletes […]

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A crew member leaps to fix a logo for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics before a launch ceremony to reveal the motto for the Winter Olympics and Paralympics on September 17, 2021. Organizers announced "Together for a Shared Future" as the motto. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

Foreign Fans Banned by Beijing 2022 Olympic Organizers

The organizers for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing have announced that no foreign fans will be allowed, a move long expected by observers of the Games, while also saying that unvaccinated athletes must quarantine for 21 days upon arrive into China. “Beijing 2022 informed the (Executive Board) of the principles that will help […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandIOC President, Thomas BACH starts the press conference after the Executive Board meeting.Copyright: IOC/Philippe Woods
IOC President Thomas Bach talks after an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 8. Photo Courtesy IOC/Philippe Woods

Strict Protocols Expected in Beijing for 2022 Olympic Winter Games, IOC Says

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, in an open letter published by the IOC, said that those competing and attending the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing should expect the same level of COVID-19 health and safety protocols in place as were this past summer in Tokyo for the rescheduled 2021 Olympic Summer Games. “While […]

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Lausanne | SwitzerlandIOC President, Thomas BACH starts the press conference after the Executive Board meeting.Copyright: IOC/Philippe Woods
IOC President Thomas Bach talks after an Executive Board meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, on September 8. Photo Courtesy IOC/Philippe Woods

IOC Helping People Leave Afghanistan; Bach Says Around 100 Evacuated

The International Olympic Committee has helped around 100 members of the Olympic community leave Afghanistan during the past several weeks as the Taliban asserted control over the country, IOC President Thomas Bach said on Wednesday after the first IOC Executive Board meeting post-Olympic Summer Games in Tokyo. Bach said all athletes who competed in Tokyo […]

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