The Beijing Winter Olympics 2022, formally known as the XXIV Olympic Winter Games and dubbed Beijing 2022, is an upcoming international winter multi-sport event set to take place in Beijing and venues near the neighbouring towns of Yanqing and Chongli in the People’s Republic of China from February 4 to February 20, 2022.
At the 128th IOC Session in Kuala Lumpur in July 2015, Beijing was chosen as the host city. The 2022 Winter Olympics will be China’s first Winter Olympics, as well as the country’s second overall Olympics (after the 2008 Summer Olympics, which were also held in Beijing) and the third in a row in East Asia (after the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan). Beijing will become the first city to hold both the Winter and Summer Olympics, with four indoor venues built for the 2008 Games, as well as the Beijing National Stadium.
Diplomatic boycotts over the Uyghur genocide and China’s general human rights status have been among the concerns and controversies surrounding the 2022 Winter Olympics.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Venues
Beijing declared in February 2021 that the 26 venues (counting training venues) for these sports would be powered exclusively by renewable energy.
The Olympic Green, the Capital Indoor Stadium, and the Beijing Wukesong Sports Center, which were all major venues at the 2008 Summer Olympics, will host five ice events. The Big Air snowboarding and freestyle skiing competitions will be hosted in Shijingshan District’s Western Hills area, in a former industrial area. The Beijing Olympic Village apartments on the Olympic Green have been converted into a residential neighbourhood since the end of 2009. As a result, another Olympic Village on a lesser scale is required for the Winter Olympics. These new structures were constructed in the Olympic Green’s southern section, near the National Olympic Sports Center.
Yanqing District is a suburban district in the Fragrant Hills park in Beijing’s far north. Luge, skeleton, bobsleigh, and alpine skiing competitions will be held in the Xiaohaituo Mountain area in Zhangshanying’s West Dazhuangke village, Yanqing District, northwest of Beijing’s urban area, 90 kilometres (56 miles) from the city centre and 17.5 kilometres (10.9 miles) from the town of Yanqing, using artificial snow due to the scarcity of natural snow in this region.
The rest of the skiing events will take place in Taizicheng Area, Chongli District, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province. It is 220 kilometres (140 miles) from Beijing and 130 kilometres (81 miles) from the Xiaohaituo Mountain Area. During the 2015–16 snow season, the ski resort earned over 1.54 billion yuan (US$237.77 million) in tourist, a 31.6 percent increase over the previous season. Chongli received 2.185 million tourists during the first snow season after winning the Olympic bid in 2016, which was a 30 percent increase over the previous season.
The snow season began in November and lasted for five months, during which Chongli hosted 36 contests and activities, including the Far East Cup and the Children Skiing International Festival. A total of twenty-three skiing camps have also been established, with 3,800 youths participating. To enable the city to stage test events, all venue construction began in November 2016 and will be completed by the end of 2020.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Medals
On October 26, 2021, the medal design for the Games was revealed. Because the events will take place during the Chinese New Year celebrations, the concept is based on traditional Chinese astronomy and astrology. In January 2022, the clothes for medal presenters at medal ceremonies were released. The Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology and the Central Academy of Fine Arts collaborated on the uniforms.
The opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics will be held at the Beijing National Stadium – 2022 Winter Olympics location – (commonly known as the Bird’s Nest) on the evening/night of February 4, 2022, much as it was for the 2008 Summer Olympics.
Winter Olympics 2022 Sports
The Winter Olympics in 2022 will feature a record 109 events spread over 15 disciplines in seven sports. This was an increase of seven events over the previous year. The International Olympic Committee added new events in July 2018, including men’s and women’s big air freestyle, women’s monobob, mixed team competitions in freestyle skiing aerials, ski jumping, and snowboard cross, and a mixed relay in short track speed skating.
Beijing 2022 New events
The International Ski Federation (FIS) announced plans in October 2016 to start licencing women’s Nordic combined competitions, with the goal of competing in the discipline at the Olympic level for the first time in Beijing. The FIS proposed three further events for prospective Olympic inclusion in November 2017: a mixed team ski jumping competition and men’s and women’s big air in freestyle skiing. The FIS submitted several additional events for consideration at their May 2018 Congress in Messenia, Greece, including a proposal to make telemark skiing an Olympic discipline for the first time in Beijing, with proposed competitions including men’s and women’s parallel sprints and a mixed team parallel sprint.
The Congress also authorised the submission of the aerials mixed team event, as well as many new snowboarding events, including men’s and women’s snowboard cross team, mixed team alpine parallel, men’s and women’s parallel special slalom, and mixed team parallel special slalom.  Individual parallel special slalom events were introduced at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, but were removed from the Olympic calendar in 2018 to make room for snowboarding big air contests.
Natural track luge (men’s and women’s singles), a women’s doubles competition on the artificial track, and sprint events (men, women, and doubles) on the artificial track are among the six new events proposed by the International Luge Federation (FIL).
The International Skating Union (ISU) continued to push for synchronised skating to be added to the figure skating discipline as a new event. In short track speed skating, the ISU also suggested a new mixed team event.
The International Biathlon Union (IBU) proposed a single mixed relay to supplement the four-person mixed relay that was included at the 2018 Winter Olympics. In addition, the International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) proposed a new team event, but no plans were made to implement a four-woman bobsleigh event, despite the federation’s executive board’s request to do so in the interest of gender equality.
The IOC announced revisions to the programme for the 2022 Winter Olympics in July 2018, with the purpose of increasing female participation and appealing to younger audiences. Men’s and women’s big air freestyle, women’s monobob, mixed team competitions in freestyle skiing aerials, ski jumping, and snowboard cross, and the mixed relay in short track speed skating were all added to the programme, bringing the total number of medal events to 109.
On February 20, 2022, the Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 Closing Ceremony will be held in Beijing National Stadium (commonly known as the Bird’s Nest). The ceremonies included the formal ceremonial ending of the Games, which included closing speeches, the hoisting of the flags of China and Italy (the next host nation), the march of athletes, and the handover of the Olympic flag, as required by the Olympic Charter. The 2026 Winter Olympics will be held in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, and will feature an artistic extravaganza to promote the culture and history of the next host nation, Italy.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Transportation
The new Beijing–Zhangjiakou intercity railway, which runs from Beijing North railway station to Zhangjiakou railway station, inaugurated in late 2019. It can travel at speeds of up to 350 km/h (220 mph), and the journey time from Beijing to Zhangjiakou has been cut in half. In January 2022, a special train for the Winter Olympics commenced service on this line, complete with a television studio for live broadcasting on the train.
Beijing Daxing International Airport, a new airport for Beijing and the surrounding region, opened in 2019. Beijing Nanyuan Airport was decommissioned, and the airport is now co-located with Beijing Capital International Airport. However, according to the BOCWOG’s COVID-19 epidemic prevention manual, only Beijing Capital International Airport is used for foreign participants’ entry and leave.
Beijing Winter Olympics 2022 vs. COVID-19 Pandemic
Given all the preparations for Beijing 2022, the coronavirus pandemic is worth-considering scenario. Owing to the cancellation of competitions in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed to 2021, marking the first time since 1992 that the Winter and Summer Olympics were contested fewer than six months apart, and adjustments in qualifying for curling and women’s ice hockey. The World Curling Federation recommended that curling qualification be based on performance at the 2021 World Championships, with a separate qualification tournament to round out the field (in place of points earned across the 2020 and 2021 world championships). Without conducting the 2020 Women’s World Championship, the IIHF predicated its qualification for the women’s tournament on existing IIHF World Rankings.
The IOC confirmed biosecurity protocols for the Games on September 29, 2021; all athletes would be expected to remain within the bio-secure bubble for the duration of their participation, with travel to and from Games-related venues restricted. All athletes will be forced to quarantine for 21 days upon arrival unless they are completely vaccinated or have a valid medical exemption. The IOC also declared that only inhabitants of the People’s Republic of China will be allowed to attend the Games as spectators, mirroring a rule adopted for the 2020 Summer Olympics before they were moved behind closed doors.