With regard to ensuring the safety of all those participating in the Youth Olympic Games and the people of the city of Nanjing we have been working closely with the Chinese health authorities and under the guidance of the World Health Organization (WHO). We have been reassured by the health authorities that there have been no suspected cases and that the risk of infection is extremely unlikely.
Together we have developed a policy which balances the health needs of all, with respect for the rights of the young athletes from the region:
- The organizing committee has made it clear that all delegations are welcome to the Games and each country is free to take their own decision on attendance.
- Those from the region will be subject to regular temperature and physical assessment throughout the period.
- Based on health authority guidelines it has been decided that athletes from affected areas will not compete in combat sports. (2 athletes)
- Additionally, based on the inability to completely exclude the risk of potential infection it was also decided that no athletes from the region would compete in the pool.(1 athlete)
- In accordance with WHO guidelines the Chinese authorities are fully prepared should any outbreak occur.
The athletes who have not been able to participate will also receive in the near future an invitation from the IOC and the organizing committee to come to Nanjing to take part in a sporting competition and to experience the welcoming atmosphere and spirit of the city and Jiangsu province.