Beijing 2022: The Games of Subdued Enthusiasm
In recent years, there has been much debate over which city would host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022. Several cities initially expressed interest in bidding for the games between 2012 and 2014. However, as the deadline approached, many of these cities dropped out of the running.
On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a decision that would have a significant impact on the world of sports: Beijing, China, was chosen to host the 2022 Games over Almaty, Kazakhstan. Beijing’s bid won by a vote of 44-40. This marked a historic moment for China as it became the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Despite this excitement, however, there were also concerns about how the COVID-19 pandemic would impact the games. As restrictions and health concerns related to the virus continued to plague many countries around the world, it became clear that athletes, coaches, support staff, and high-level officials would not be able to attend in person. Those who did attend had to adhere strictly to COVID protocols and were required to travel only after meeting certain health and safety requirements. Upon arrival in Beijing, they were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting testing.
Overall, while there may have been some muted joy surrounding China’s win as host of the 2022 Olympics