Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
In his article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy,” Professor Emeritus John Wendt of the Department of Ethics and Business Law discusses the selection process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, which will be held in 2022. Several cities began bidding to host the games in 2012 and 2014. However, as 2015 approached, many of these cities dropped out of the running. On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Beijing, China, over Almaty, Kazakhstan, to host the 2022 Games. Beijing won the bid with a vote of 44-40, becoming the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
The COVID-19 pandemic played a significant role in the Games. Many athletes, coaches, support staff, and high-level officials were unable to attend due to travel restrictions and health concerns. Those who were able to attend the Games were subjected to strict COVID protocols, including testing upon arrival and the requirement to follow safety guidelines throughout the event. Despite these challenges, Professor Wendt argues that China’s decision to host the games amidst global uncertainty demonstrates its commitment to promoting international sports tourism and cultural exchange.