The Beijing 2022 Olympic Villages officially opened on Thursday, welcoming the world’s top winter sports athletes to Beijing, Zhangjiakou and Yanqing ahead of this year’s Games, which run from Feb. 4-20.
Around 2,900 athletes are expected from around 90 National Olympic Committees (NOCs). They will participate in 109 events, which should start in a week.
The Beijing Olympic Village is located in the Chaoyang district of the city, close to the Olympic Park. It will mainly house athletes participating in the Beijing 2022 ice sports. The facilities in the village will include 2,300 beds for athletes and officials.
In Zhangjiakou, the Olympic Village will host 2,640 athletes and team officials participating in freestyle skiing, snowboarding, biathlon, ski jumping and cross-country skiing.
The third Olympic Village, in Yanqing, is designed in accordance with the cultural characteristics of mountain villages in northern China. It highlights Chinese culture and environmental protection, as well as an athlete-centered design concept. This venue will host 1,430 athletes – including Medway’s Zack DiGregorio – and team officials who will compete in alpine skiing, luge, bobsleigh and skeleton events.
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After the Games, the Beijing Olympic Village will be transformed into apartments for rent or sale, while the Yanqing and Zhangjiakou Olympic Villages will become hotels, apartments and a business hub serving the sports industry. winter in the region.
All village residents will follow strict COVID-19 protocols outlined in the Beijing 2022 Playbook. These include living and operating in a closed-loop system, which separates Games participants from the local population.
Athlete services for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Games
In each of the Olympic Villages, a wide range of services are offered to ensure that athletes get the most out of their Olympic experience in Beijing.
Basic services include: hair salon, cafe, bank, post office, general store, merchandise store, Samsung store, photo store, telecommunications store (for SIM cards) and a newsstand. In addition, resident centers will offer business centers, self-service laundry, general maintenance and housekeeping support.
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With health and safety being a key part of operations during the Games, medical services are available in each village within the polyclinics, staffed by health professionals. In each of them are the offices of the IOC SAFE SPORT. They will offer educational materials and resources on protecting athletes from harassment and abuse in sport, as well as the IOC’s Mentally Fit campaign. There is also a 24/7 Mental Health Helpline for confidential mental health support for all athletes and entourage members in over 70 languages.
A number of services located in each of the plazas and residential areas include fitness centers containing the latest gym equipment and several recreational activities. During their free time, athletes will be able to try their hand at virtual reality spaces, play billiards or ping-pong, and watch all the action live on the many televisions that will be distributed throughout the Villages.
Each location will offer 24-hour catering service, serving cuisines from around the world, catering to all dietary needs.
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In addition, each village square has a Chinese culture exhibition and a traditional Chinese medicine exhibition, while Beijing Olympic Village Square has a venues exhibition. Yanqing Olympic Village Square has a miniature ice replica of the Great Wall that separates the media from the athletes in the mixed zone.
Upon arrival, athletes will receive an exclusive gift bag containing a range of products supplied by P&G. These will include: hand sanitizer, shampoo, body wash, hand cleanser, toothpaste, toothbrush, detergent and skincare products, as well as a pin, mascot and painting of the school children local.
Athletes can also visit the Samsung Galaxy store located in each village, where they can pick up their limited edition Galaxy Z Flip 3 mobile phone. The phone will come with a case, Bluetooth headphones, a Coca-Cola Beijing 2022 Powerade Squeeze bottle and the IOC Welcome Guide, which includes useful information to help athletes integrate into the life of the town.
The IOC has an Athlete365 space in each Village, with a team on the ground to support and advise athletes on the wide range of services available to them as members of the Athlete365 community, and to organize the election of the IOC Athletes’ Commission. Athletes competing at Beijing 2022 will be able to vote for their representatives to fill the two vacant seats on the Commission. Ten female and seven male athletes from 17 NOCs, six sports and five continents are standing for election.