John Wendt, a former professor of the Department of Ethics and Business Law, recently wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy”. This article was published in the Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal, which is the official publication of the Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries of the American Bar Association.
The bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2022 was a long and arduous one. 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. Only two cities remained in contention – Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan.
On July 31, 2015, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ultimately chose Beijing over Almaty to host the Games by a vote of 44-40. This made Beijing the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games. Many were excited about this decision as it marked a new era for winter sports in Asia.
However, just months before the Games were set to begin, COVID-19 pandemic struck and threw everything into chaos. The pandemic played a significant role in shaping how these Games would be conducted. 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 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.
Despite these challenges, however