John Wendt, a former professor of the Department of Ethics and Business Law, has written an insightful article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy” that was published in the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal.
The article discusses the bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2022. Several cities initially began bidding to host the games between 2012 and 2014. However, by the time 2015 approached, many of these cities had dropped out of the running.
On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ultimately chose Beijing, China, over Almaty, Kazakhstan, to host the 2022 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.
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 restrictions and concerns related to the virus. Those who did attend had to abide by strict COVID protocols and were required to travel to Beijing only after meeting certain health and safety requirements. Upon arrival, they were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting testing.