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The Games of Muted Joy: Beijing 2022 and the Challenges of Hosting an Olympic Winter Games in a Pandemic

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Feb 12, 2024
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The bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2022 was a highly anticipated event, with several cities vying for the opportunity to host this prestigious event. However, as time progressed, many of these cities dropped out of the running, leaving only two contenders: Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan.

On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made a momentous decision that would determine which city would play host to the 2022 Games. After a closely contested vote, Beijing’s bid emerged victorious with a score of 44-40. This marked a significant milestone in Olympic history as Beijing became the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.

The COVID-19 pandemic posed a significant challenge for the organizers of the Games. Many athletes, coaches, support staff and high-level officials were unable to attend due to restrictions and concerns related to the virus. Those who did attend had to adhere strictly to COVID protocols and were required to undergo rigorous testing before traveling to Beijing. Upon arrival, they were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting further testing and ensuring that all health and safety requirements were met.

In his article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy”, John Wendt discusses these challenges in detail and provides insights into how they impacted the overall success of the Games. He also explores some of the unique cultural experiences that attendees had during their stay in Beijing. Despite these challenges, Wendt concludes that Beijing’s successful hosting of both the Summer and Winter Olympics is a testament to its resilience and adaptability in times of crisis.

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