Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
In the years leading up to the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, several cities expressed interest in hosting the event between 2012 and 2014. However, as the deadline approached, many cities dropped out of the running. Ultimately, on July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chose Beijing, China over Almaty, Kazakhstan to host the games. Beijing’s bid won by a vote of 44-40. This decision made Beijing the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Despite excitement surrounding the announcement of Beijing as host city, concerns about COVID-19 began to emerge. As restrictions and health concerns related to the virus continued to impact travel and gatherings worldwide, it became clear that the Games would not be without challenges. Many athletes, coaches, support staff and high-level officials were unable to attend due to these restrictions. Those who did attend had to adhere to strict COVID protocols and were required to undergo testing upon arrival in Beijing. Despite these challenges, those who attended were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting testing.
John Wendt recently wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” which was published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal which is an official publication of Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries American Bar Association (ABA). In his article Wendt discusses how Covid-19 pandemic played a significant role in shaping the outcomes of the games