MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. President of the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) Stanislav Pozdnyakov is scheduled to leave for China on January 31 ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing, the ROC chief told journalists on Friday.
"I’ll be flying out to Beijing on January 31," Pozdnyakov told reporters. "In regards to the schedule of working meetings, they are still being updated, because changes are occurring daily."
"The schedule of the national team’s flights has been approved and I believe that there won’t be any further changes," the ROC president added.
Pozdnyakov also noted that the experience gained at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the fight against the spread of the novel coronavirus would come in handy for the Russian team at the upcoming Winter Olympics in China.
"Are we concerned over the situation regarding the novel coronavirus and the Omicron strain? Of course, we are," he said. "This concern never left us as we had experienced it before the Games in Tokyo and still experience it today."
"Another thing is that we gained a lot of experience after Tokyo, and we plan to use it at the Beijing Olympics. We have gained huge experience before the Games in Tokyo and are planning to employ it before the Games in China," Pozdnyakov added.
Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko said last month that over 85% of Russian athletes bound for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China’s Beijing had been vaccinated against COVID-19.
In line with anti-COVID-19 measures at the upcoming 2022 Winter Olympic Games in China, all unvaccinated participants of the major global event must be placed under a 21-day quarantine upon their arrival.
The Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games announced to TASS on October 4 that athletes inoculated with Russian-made anti-COVID-19 vaccines would be allowed to participate in the 2022 Winter Games.
Russia has so far registered five COVID-19 vaccines. They are Sputnik V and Sputnik Light developed by the Gamaleya National Research Center of Epidemiology and Microbiology, EpiVacCorona and EpiVacCorona-N created by the Vector State Research Center of Virology and Biotechnology and CoviVac from the Chumakov Federal Scientific Center for Research and Development of Immune and Biological Products.
Sputnik V, EpiVacCorona, EpiVacCorona-N and CoviVac are two-dose shots, while Sputnik Light is a single-dose vaccine.
Beijing’s 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games
The 2022 Winter Olympic Games in the Chinese capital of Beijing are scheduled to be held from February 4-20, while the Paralympic Winter Games will be held on March 4-13.
During the 128th IOC session in Kuala Lumpur on July 31, 2015, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games making the Chinese capital the first city ever to host both the Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2008) as well as the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games (in 2022).
Beijing won the right to host the 2022 Olympics and Paralympics in a tight race, beating Kazakhstan’s Almaty in 2015, by chalking up 44 votes against its rival’s 40.