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Logos for the 2022 Winter Olympics at Yanqing Ice Festival in February in Beijing. Photo: Lintao Zhang/Getty Images

Athletes, staff members and journalists at the 2022 Beijing Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games who have not been vaccinated against the coronavirus will be required to quarantine for three weeks, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) outlined in its newly published "playbooks."

Why it matters: The quarantine period is longer than the Games themselves, meaning vaccinations or an earlier arrival date will be required to participate in or cover the Games.

  • In order to avoid the quarantine, people will be required to be fully vaccinated 14 days before their arrival in China. Daily COVID-19 tests will also be required regardless of vaccination status.
  • The IOC initially announced plans for the quarantine last month but included additional details in its "playbooks" published Monday.

What they're saying: "We want everyone at the Games to be safe, that’s why we’re asking all participants to follow these guidelines," Christophe Dubi, IOC's Olympic Games executive director, said Monday.

  • "Keeping everyone healthy will ensure the focus remains on the very fundamentals of the Olympic and Paralympic Games — the athletes and the sport," he added.

The big picture: Vaccinated athletes, staff members and journalists won't have to quarantine, but they will only be allowed to move between permitted destinations "to keep Games participants and the people of China safe through reducing unnecessary interactions," the IOC said.

  • The rules were created by the IOC, Beijing organizers and China's government.
  • The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee (USOPC) announced last month that effective Nov. 1, all employees, athletes, contractors and others must be fully vaccinated or obtain a religious or medical exemption prior to accessing USOPC facilities, including Olympic training centers.
  • As of Dec. 1, "this mandate will also extend to all Team USA delegation members or hopefuls for future Games," the USOPC said.

Go deeper: Activists disrupt Beijing Winter Games flame lighting ceremony

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WTA suspends tournaments in China, Hong Kong over treatment of Peng Shuai

Tennis player Peng Shuai. Photo: Zhizhao Wu via Getty Images

The Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has suspended all tournaments in China and Hong Kong in light of the treatment of tennis player Peng Shuai, WTA chair Steve Simon announced Wednesday.

Why it matters: The WTA has maintained that the Chinese government's failure to address her accusations of sexual assault remains an issue of concern.

$10 million fund set up to lure athletes to University of Texas

Jhenna Gabriel of the Texas Longhorns hits a set against the Wisconsin Badgers. Photo: Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

University of Texas donors, former UT athletes and sports marketer Nick Shuley on Wednesday announced the launch of a $10 million fund to bankroll name-image-likeness opportunities for student-athletes.

Why it matters: The Clark Field Collective, as it's known, is the latest salvo in a rapidly escalating arms race among boosters of top sports-playing universities to lure elite athletes to their playing fields.

  • A raft of new laws allows student-athletes to finally profit on their own names and images.

JPMorgan: "Full global recovery" in 2022

Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

JPMorgan Chase Global Research says in a forecast to clients: "2022 will be the year of a full global recovery, an end of the global pandemic, and a return to normal conditions we had prior to the COVID-19 outbreak."

The big picture: The bullish report sees "a return of global mobility, and a release of pent-up demand from consumers (e.g. travel, services)."