2022 Winter Olympics

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May 29, 2022

The XXIV Winter Olympics (Chinese: 第二十四届冬季奥林匹克运动会, pinyin: Dì Èrshísì Jiè Dōngjì Àolínpǐkè Yùndònghuì), also known as the 2022 Winter Olympics, was a multi-sport event held in the Chinese capital. , Beijing, along with the Yanqing branch in neighboring Hebei province. It is the third consecutive edition of the Olympic Games held in Asia, after Pyeongchang 2018 and Tokyo 2020. Beijing is the sixth city in history to host the Games twice. But with a difference, as it hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics, it is the first city in history to host both versions of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. In addition, it is also the largest city to host the Winter Olympic Games, a title that was previously given to Vancouver by the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. It is also worth noting that the city was the third capital of a country to host the Olympic Games. Winter Olympics, the first was Oslo in 1952 and the second was Sarajevo in 1984. The games were held between February 4th and 20th, 2022. They were the first Winter Olympic Games in history to be held on Chinese soil. And it has an estimated budget of 3.9 billion dollars, less than a tenth of what was invested (43 billion dollars) in the 2008 Summer Olympics. The Olympic flame for the 2022 Beijing Winter Games was lit in Athens, capital of Greece, but without the presence of the public. The opening ceremony of the Beijing Winter Olympics took place on February 4, 2022, two days after the start of competitions.

Application process

The application process for the 2022 Winter Olympic Games was opened by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in October 2012, with the deadline of 14 November 2013. In a tumultuous process, the entity's executive board received all the proposals on July 14, 2014, and chose Oslo (Norway), Almaty (Kazakhstan), and Beijing (China) as candidate cities. Oslo withdrew its candidacy in October, leaving Beijing and Almaty as the remaining candidates. Beijing was chosen by a simple majority (44-40) and ended up defeating Almaty, on 31 July 2015, at the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur, the capital of Malaysia.

Poll results

For a city to be elected, a simple majority of votes was needed (43). Beijing ended up winning by four votes. The same difference happened in 2007, when Sochi was chosen to host the 2014 Winter Olympics over Pyeongchang, by a score of 51-47.

Participating countries

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) banned Russia from participating in all sporting events until the end of 2022, following conviction for tampering with tests, including false samples in anti-doping tests and destruction of files. . However, classified athletes will be able to participate in the Olympic and Paralympic Games, but without using the country's name or anthem, being treated as the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC), a name that was adopted from the 2020 Summer Olympics, when it passed On September 8, 2021, the International Olympic Committee announced the suspension of North Korea from the Winter Olympics due to the boycott held during the Tokyo Olympics, over fears of risk to its athletes due to contagion. of COVID-19. Like Russia, the country could participate in the games, but using the IOC flag. On January 7, 2022, the country decides not to participate in the games anymore, citing "hostile forces" as responsible for its punishment and the contagion of COVID-19. This edition also marks the debut of Saudi Arabia and Haiti in the Games of Winter.

Competition venues

On July 31, 2015, the Beijing 2022 Bidding Committee revealed its plans regarding