The 2022 Winter Olympics, officially known as the XXIV Olympic Winter Games, are scheduled to be held in Beijing, China, from February 4 to 20, 2022. These will be the first Winter Olympics held in China, and the second Olympics held in Beijing after the 2008 Summer Olympics. A total of 110 events in 15 winter sports disciplines are expected to be held.
2022 Olympics and Beijing
The event will make Beijing the first city ever to host both the summer and winter editions of the Olympic Games, as well as the first Asian city to host a Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has praised Beijing’s “preparation work” for the games.
Some human rights activists have criticized the decision to award the games to Beijing, citing China’s human rights record. In response, the IOC has said that it “takes very seriously any issues that would impact on the delivery of a successful and memorable Olympic Games.”
The 2022 Olympics and Sports Disciplines
The 2022 Winter Olympics will feature a total of 102 medal events in 15 sports disciplines. Among the new events are mixed doubles curling and mass start speed skating, while women’s ski jumping and biathlon mixed relay make their return to the program after being absent from the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Alpine skiing will feature 11 medal events, with the addition of one event each for men and women. Cross-country skiing will have 12 medal events, with two more added for men and women. Biathlon will remain unchanged with 10 medal events. Ski jumping will also see no changes, remaining at four medal events.
Other notable changes include an increase in the number of quota spots for freestyle skiing from 80 to 100, as well as an increase in the number of quota spots for snowboarding from 80 to 120. The number of events in both sports will remain unchanged at 10 each.
The 2022 Winter Olympics are scheduled to take place from 4 to 20 February 2022 in Beijing, China.
2022 Olympics and 2018
The sports program for the 2022 Winter Olympics is largely similar to that of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The only additions are women’s mono bob, mixed doubles curling, and mass start speed skating.
As of December 2019, a total of 82 National Olympic Committees have expressed interest in participating in the 2022 Winter Olympics. This is slightly higher than the 78 NOCs that participated in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
The games will be broadcast to over 200 countries and territories around the world. A budget of US$6.5 billion has been set for the games, which is less than the US$13 billion spent on the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics or the US$12 billion spent on the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.
Beijing was elected as the host city of the 2022 Winter Olympics at an IOC meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on July 31, 2015. This followed a vote in which Beijing defeated Almaty, Kazakhstan, by 44 votes to 40.
The Chinese government has said that it is “fully committed” to hosting a “safe, successful, and unforgettable” Winter Olympics. President Xi Jinping has personally pledged his support for the games and has attended several winter sports events in China in recent years as part of the country’s preparations.
Construction work for the 2022 Winter Olympics is already underway. The main competition venues are located in three clusters: the Yanqing Cluster in northwestern Beijing; the downtown Chongli Cluster; and the Alpine Village Cluster close to Zhangjiakou in Hebei province, which will host most of the skiing events.
The Beijing Organising Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (BOCOG) is responsible for the overall planning and organization of the games. Its president is Liu Qi, who was also the president of BOCOG for the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics.
Preparations for the games are well underway, with construction work on most of the competition venues now complete. The Beijing National Stadium, which will serve as the main venue for both the opening and closing ceremonies, held its first winter sports event in December 2019.
With less than three years to go until the start of the games, China is confident that it will be ready to deliver a successful and memorable Winter Olympics.