Tickets for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games will not be placed on general sale as initially planned, with an invitational model to be adopted by organisers instead.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) said that tickets will be sold as part of an “adapted programme” that will invite groups of spectators to be present on site during the Games.
The decision has been taken in light of the current situation surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic and to ensure the safety of all participants and spectators. Organisers expect invited guests to strictly abide by Covid-19 countermeasures before, during and after each event at the Games, which run from 4th February until 20th February.
Beijing 2022 organisers had previously intended on placing tickets on general sale to Chinese mainland residents who met Covid-19 countermeasure requirements. The organising committee has decided to reverse this decision due to the current “grave and complicated situation” of the pandemic.
No tickets will now be sold and it is unclear how many fans will be invited to events as part of the new attendance model.
Earlier this month, Beijing’s ‘closed-loop’ operating system came into effect to allow overseas athletes to enter China for the Games. Athletes and staff will stay at official Olympics venues as part of a bubble to limit the potential spread of Covid-19.
The latest announcement comes after last year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo took place without any spectators due to the threat posed by the pandemic.
After the Winter Olympics next month, the Paralympics will follow from 4th March until 13th March.
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