Beijing has been awarded the 2022 XXIV Olympic Winter Games, making it the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games. The bidding process began in 2012 with several cities expressing interest, but many dropped out by 2015. On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan, to host the games with a vote of 44-40.
John Wendt, a former professor of Ethics and Business Law at the Department of Ethics and Business Law, wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” that was published in the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, which is the official publication of the Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries of the American Bar Association.
The article discusses how COVID-19 played a significant role in shaping this year’s Olympics. Many athletes were unable to attend due to restrictions related to the virus or concerns about their health. Those who did attend had to adhere to strict COVID protocols upon arrival and were required to undergo testing before being allowed into Beijing.
The bidding process for hosting the XXIV Olympic Winter Games was highly competitive, with several cities expressing interest between 2012 and 2014. However, many dropped out by 2015 as concerns about costs and logistics became more apparent. Ultimately, Beijing emerged as a strong contender and won out over Almaty with a vote of 44-40 by IOC officials on July 31st.