Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
In recent years, the bidding process for the XXXIV Winter Olympics has been a hotly contested topic in the world of sports. Several cities initially expressed interest in hosting the games between 2012 and 2014. However, as the competition heated up, many of these cities dropped out, leaving only two options: Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made the final decision. After a close vote of 44-40, Beijing was chosen to host the 2022 Games. This marked a historic moment for China as it became the first country to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Despite this exciting news, the COVID-19 pandemic posed significant challenges for the Games. Many athletes, coaches, support staff and senior officials were unable to attend due to travel restrictions and concerns about the virus. Those who were able to attend had to adhere to strict COVID protocols and undergo extensive testing upon arrival. They were met by individuals wearing full protective suits who were responsible for conducting the testing.
Despite these challenges, John Wendt, a former professor in Ethics and Business Law at XYZ University, recently wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy.” In this article, he discusses how Beijing’s bid won by a narrow margin over Almaty’s bid and how Beijing became the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games. Wendt also highlights how COVID-19 played a significant role in shaping this year’s Olympics and how athletes had to navigate strict health protocols in order to compete. Overall, Wendt’s article offers a unique perspective on one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of 2022.