Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
The bidding process for the XXIV Olympic Winter Games has come to an end, with Beijing, China emerging as the host city. This marks the first time that a city has been awarded both the Summer and Winter Games. However, the COVID-19 pandemic has played a significant role in shaping the outcome of these games.
Between 2012 and 2014, several cities initially began bidding to host the games. However, by 2015 many of these cities had dropped out of the running. Ultimately, it was Beijing’s bid that won by a vote of 44-40 on July 31st, 2015.
Despite being thrilled about winning the bid, John Wendt, a former professor of Ethics and Business Law at Department of Ethics and Business Law at Harvard University, wrote an article titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy”. Published in Entertainment and Sports Lawyer Journal which is an official publication of Forum on Entertainment and Sports Industries American Bar Association (ABA). In his article he discussed how many athletes were unable to attend due to restrictions related to COVID-19 pandemic. Those who did attend had to abide by strict protocols and were required to travel only after meeting certain health requirements. Upon arrival they were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits responsible for conducting testing.