The organizers of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics have announced that due to the continued fear of COVID-19, tickets to watch the action will only be sold to people in China.
This also means a foreign athlete's family and friends will not be allowed into China to watch live either.
Unlike the recent Tokyo Games, the Beijing Winter Olympics will allow spectators, but only if they live in China.
"The purpose is to hold a wonderful, safe and simple Beijing Winter Olympic Games and the Winter Paralympic Games under the premise of ensuring safety."
While acknowledging the disappointment felt by fans around the world,
the International Olympic Committee welcomed the decision to host Chinese spectators after the Tokyo Olympics took place in eerily empty stadiums due to the pandemic.
Athletes and event officials who are not fully inoculated will be subject to three-week long quarantine upon their arrival in Beijing.
Fully vaccinated people will be exempt from the quarantine.
That will make room for high-ranking foreign officials to engage in some diplomacy during the 16-day event.
According to the IOC, Beijing's safety principles include a so called "closed-loop management system" that keeps all game participants in designated zones.
This covers stadiums, accommodation as well as the opening and closing ceremonies, which are all served by a dedicated transport system.
On top of that, all domestic and international athletes, coaches and staff must take COVID-19 tests daily when they are in Beijing.
For the specific policy details, Beijing 2022 will release the first and second versions of its Playbooks in late October and December, respectively.