Chinese 2022 Winter Olympics

The Chinese 2022 Winter Olympics

The Chinese 2022 Winter Olympics, officially called the XXIV Olympic Winter Games is the international winter multi-sport event taking place in Beijing, China, with some events in Yanqing and Chongli. The games officially opened on 4 February with preliminary events beginning on 2 February.

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Tiananmen Square

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at Tiananmen Square

The story behind the latest winter Olympics

Beijing was selected as host city in July 2015 at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be the first Winter Olympic Games in China, the second overall Olympics in China, and the last of three consecutive Olympics in East Asia (after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan). Beijing will be the first city to have hosted both the Summer and Winter Olympics: four existing indoor venues originally constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics will be used while the Beijing National Stadium will again host the opening and closing ceremonies. Beijing is the largest city to host the Winter Olympics ever.

When were/are the Chinese 2022 Winter Olympics taking place?

The Winter Olympics take place from 4 February to 20 February, with about 3,000 athletes competing in 109 different events.

The Winter Paralympics run from 4 March to 13 March, with about 750 competitors across 78 events.

China’s government and businesses are spending $3.9bn (£2.95bn) on the Games, which are taking place in and around Beijing:

  • Indoor ice events take place in stadiums in Beijing
  • Yanqing, 75 km from Beijing, hosts alpine skiing, bobsled and the luge
  • Zhangjiakou, 180 km from Beijing, hosts most skiing and snowboarding events
  • About 1.2 million cubic metres of artificial snow is being used because so little falls in the region.

Because of Covid19, competitors and officials are in secure “bubbles” and no spectator tickets have been sold to the public.

Which countries are boycotting the Olympics?

The US, UK and Canada declared a diplomatic boycott, along with India, Australia, Lithuania, Kosovo, Belgium, Denmark and Estonia.

They have all sent athletes, but no ministers or officials are attending.

France on the other hand has been against a boycott. President Macron has said: “I don’t think we should politicise these topics, especially if it is to take steps that are insignificant and symbolic.”

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