Beijing Olympic Committee lowers cycle threshold for COVID-19 testing

The emblem for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games is shown after being unveiled at a ceremony at the National Aquatics Center. (Mark Schiefelbein/AP)

The Beijing Olympic Committee and Chinese authorities plan to lower the threshold for producing a negative COVID-19 test for participants upon arrival at the Winter Games.

Beijing 2022 sent out a release Sunday following questions regarding the previous threshold value.

The cycle threshold (CT) value will drop from 40 to 35, making it easier for competitors to produce a negative test. Meaning at the Games, anyone with a PCR test less than 35 will be considered positive.

The higher the CT value, the less infectious a person with COVID-19 is. Leagues such as the NHL and NBA use 30 while the NFL uses 35.

Participants in the Games whose PCR results have a CT value greater than or equal to 35 will be managed the same as a close contact for seven days.

The time period a person is deemed a close contact is also decreasing from two weeks to seven days. During that period, testing will be carried out twice daily, the Beijing 2022 communication explained.

Additionally, if a participant who has tested positive spends 10 or more days in isolation, that person will be released to their Games time accommodation if they are asymptomatic and if they have a CT value greater than or equal to 35 on their PCR test for the past three consecutive days.

Editor's Note: The COVID-19 situation, in sports and around the world, is constantly evolving. Readers in Canada can consult the country's public health website for the latest.

When submitting content, please abide by our  submission guidelines, and avoid posting profanity, personal attacks or harassment. Should you violate our submissions guidelines, we reserve the right to remove your comments and block your account. Sportsnet reserves the right to close a story’s comment section at any time.
We use cookies to improve your experience. Learn More or change your cookie preferences. By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies.