Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
In 2015, several cities were bidding to host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, which were set to take place in 2022. However, many of these cities dropped out of the running before the deadline.
On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Beijing, China would be hosting the games over Almaty, Kazakhstan. Beijing’s bid won by a vote of 44-40. This marked the first time that a city had been awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
The COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in shaping the outcome of 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 abide by strict COVID protocols and were required to travel only after meeting certain health and safety requirements upon arrival. They were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting testing.
John Wendt, a former professor of Ethics and Business Law at [insert university], recently wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” that was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal. In this article, Wendt discusses how Beijing’s bid for the games was met with controversy due to concerns about human rights abuses in China as well as questions about whether it was appropriate for an authoritarian government to host an international event like the Olympics. Despite these concerns, Beijing was ultimately chosen as the host city for the games.