Beijing Olympic Committee’s higher COVID-19 testing threshold could affect Canadian athletes


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Toronto/CMEDIA: The Beijing Olympic Committee (BOC)’s use of reportedly higher COVID-19 testing threshold has made it harder for Canadian athletes to pass tests upon arriving in China, especially those who have recently recovered from the virus.

Reportedly a public institution with legal person status, the BOC for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games is responsible for the organization and coordination of all the preparations and delivery of the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.

Dr. Mike Wilkinson, chief medical officer for the Canadian Olympic Committee, reportedly confirmed on Monday that the cycle threshold (CT) value being used in China to detect infection is 40, while many places in Canada use a CT value of 35.

While the NBA and NHL use 30, the NFL has set its threshold at 35.

Wilkinson reportedly thinks that the high threshold being used for Beijing ensures anyone with a recent infection has a not-insignificant chance of testing positive in China even if they’ve had several negative tests in Canada.

Dozens of Canadian Olympians had tested positive over the last few weeks.

The Winter Olympics Beijing 2022 will take place between Feb 4 and 20, followed by the Winter Paralympics from March 4 to 13.