Beijing has been chosen to host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games in 2022, marking a historic moment for the Olympics. The bidding process began in 2012, with several cities vying for the opportunity to host the games. However, by 2015, many of these cities had dropped out of contention.
In July 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its final decision and chose Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan, to host the games. Beijing’s bid won by a vote of 44-40, making it the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Despite excitement for the upcoming event, concerns about COVID-19 have caused some uncertainty. The pandemic has forced many athletes, coaches, support staff, and high-level officials to follow strict protocols in order to attend. Those who are able to attend must travel to Beijing only after meeting certain health and safety requirements and will be greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who will conduct testing upon arrival.
John Wendt, a former professor of ethics and business law at XYZ University, recently wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” that was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal. In his article, Wendt discusses the bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and how COVID-19 has impacted the event’s planning and execution.