The XXIV Olympic Winter Games, set to take place in 2022, have been awarded to Beijing, China. This marks the first time a city has been given both the Summer and Winter Games. However, the bidding process for these games was not an easy one.
Between 2012 and 2014, several cities expressed interest in hosting the winter games. However, as 2015 approached, many of these cities dropped out of the running. Ultimately, Beijing emerged as the winner of the bid by a vote of 44-40.
The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on these 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 follow strict COVID protocols and undergo testing upon arrival. They were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting this testing.
John Wendt, a former professor of ethics and business law at several universities, wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” that was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal – the official publication of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries of the American Bar Association. In his article, Wendt discussed the bidding process for these games and how they played out in China’s capital city.