Beijing has been awarded the XXIV Olympic Winter Games to be held in 2022, following a bidding process that saw several cities drop out between 2012 and 2014. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) ultimately chose Beijing over Almaty, Kazakhstan, with Beijing’s bid winning by a vote of 44-40. This decision makes Beijing the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact on 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 adhere to 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, the Games went ahead with muted joy.