The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are near, and there are all kinds of questions – about international politics, public health and, yes, even sports – waiting to be answered.
Here’s what we know so far.
When are the Olympics? The opening ceremony is scheduled for Friday, February 4, although there should be some preliminary testing before that. The closing ceremony takes place on Sunday, February 20. In total, there will be 19 days of competition in 15 sports.
This year’s Winter Paralympics, also in Beijing, will take place from March 4 to 13.
Is there any possibility that the Games will be postponed or even canceled due to the pandemic? Anything is possible, but the IOC (International Olympic Committee) and the organizers of the Beijing Games were keen to insist that the event would go ahead as planned.
Asked in early December if he could imagine a situation in which the Olympics would have to be postponed, Juan Antonio Sarmancha, a key Olympic leader, was very straight forward. “The answer is no,” he said.
“In a post-Covid world, you have to be flexible, and you have to adapt quickly to any change in circumstances. We will have that in Beijing,” he said.
How will the organizers deal with the coronavirus? The protocols will be similar to those adopted at the Tokyo Olympics last year, but more stringent.
Organizers are creating what they define as “a closed loop system” – also known as a bubble – that includes thousands of athletes, coaches, team officials, members of Olympic organizations, contract workers, volunteers and journalists. will be limited during the duration of the game. ,
The bubble will include competition venues, hotels and other athlete accommodation, media facilities, and the transportation network serving the Olympic venues. No one else will be allowed to enter; And what is inside cannot come out.
Everyone participating in the Olympics should be vaccinated. Medical exemptions are available, but those who receive them must quarantine for an impractical 21-day period before being able to compete. And when they reach Beijing, they will all be tested daily for coronavirus.
Didn’t the 2008 Summer Olympics take place in Beijing? Why is China hosting the Games again? Several countries had expressed interest in hosting the 2022 Games. But over time, they dropped out one by one – countries such as Norway, Sweden, Poland, Ukraine, Switzerland and Germany – in many cases calling the event too high a cost and popular support for it among its citizens. Shortage.
In the end, only the candidatures of China and Kazakhstan remained. Beijing won by four votes. The headquarters selection process was deemed so disastrous that the IOC decided to abandon it. Now, the host cities are selected through a confidential process.
Will any country boycott the Games? China’s human rights record, which includes crackdown on ethnic Uighurs, abuses against Muslims and pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong, has prompted activists around the world to urge countries and sponsors to boycott the Beijing Games.
Calls intensified in November with the disappearance of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who represented the country at three Olympics, from public life after a top Chinese government official was accused of sexual harassment.
But the likelihood that any country would boycott the Beijing Olympics outright – that is, refuse to send its athletes to compete – seems minimal. Instead, several countries, such as the United States, Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom, have declared a “diplomatic boycott” of the Olympics, meaning that official representatives of their governments will not participate in ceremonies and events related to the Games. ,
“We will not contribute to the fanfare of the Games,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said of the decision.
What if athletes protest human rights or anything else during the Olympics? “It’s a hypothetical question,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said when asked about it in early December, noting that athletes can express personal opinions in interviews and on social media during the Games.
The IOC last year loosened its rules on protest and political gestures ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, allowing athletes to make symbolic gestures – such as raising a fist or kneeling, for example – in arenas before competitions. But protesting at medal ceremonies is prohibited.
However, it remains to be determined what might happen if an athlete, for example, explicitly criticizes the Chinese government during the Games. “I think we’ll have to wait for concrete examples,” Adams said.
Will fans be able to watch the competitions? Most likely yes, but in limited numbers. While spectators have been kept out of competition venues at the 2021 Tokyo Games, organizers expect at least some Chinese spectators to be allowed to watch the competitions in Beijing.
Chinese authorities have adopted strict rules to limit the spread of the virus, including one that allows fans to applaud the presence but prevents them from shouting.
Foreign visitors will not be able to enter the country.
Will Professional NHL Ice Hockey Players Attend the Games? No. This is a reversal of plans announced in September, which would have allowed the league’s stars to move to Beijing, while the NHL would put its calendar on hold for three weeks.
But with growing concerns over the Omicron version of the coronavirus, the league and players’ union have decided to hold off on games, and could use the period to hold postponed NHL games into the February calendar.
The men’s ice hockey tournament will now only include minor league players and those playing for organizations other than the NHL.
Will there be a new modus operandi? Seven additional ones have been added to the schedule for the 2022 Olympics. The most interesting of these is the monobob, a women’s singles bobsled event.
Other sports that will start at the Beijing Games are:
– Freestyle skiing: “Aerial”, mixed team
– Freestyle Skiing: Men’s “Big Air”
– Freestyle Skiing: Women’s “Big Wind”
– Short Track Speed Skating: Mixed Relay
– Ski Jumping: Mixed Event
– Snowboard: Mixed Trials
What is the complete list of Winter Olympic Games? The number of games is less as compared to the Summer Games. The Winter Olympics include biathlon, bobsled, Nordic combined, curling, alpine skiing, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, figure skating, speed, short track skating. Ski jumping, skeleton and snowboarding.
How much is an Olympic medal worth? The IOC does not distribute cash prizes to winners. But many national associations offer cash prizes to medal-winning athletes.
Some of these awards are significant. Singapore offers one million Singapore dollars (equivalent to 740,000 US dollars) for the gold medal, the highest known award. Some awards are more modest.
An American athlete receives US$37,500 for a gold medal, US$22,500 for a silver medal, and US$15,000 for a silver medal for a bronze medal. Other countries do not offer cash prizes, such as Norway, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
Many athletes later sell their medals to collectors, some citing financial hardship and others seeking to raise money for charity. The prices of Olympic medals at auction vary greatly.
who is the mascot of beijing winter olympics 2022? After a worldwide call for ideas that attracted more than 5,800 entries, the organizers of the Games announced Bing Dwayne Dwayne, a cute panda who wears a uniform made of snow like an Olympic mascot. The Paralympic mascot is Shue Ron Ron, a lantern in human form.
Perhaps they have a larger attendance than last year’s Tokyo Games mascots, who seemed to be absent from many events.
What does the Olympic Ring mean? The five rings, blue, yellow, black, green and red, date back to 1912 and were designed by Pierre de Coubertin, the creator of the modern Olympic Games. The colors were chosen so that all the flags on the planet could be represented by at least one color.
The reason for the five rings is difficult to determine. Maybe they represented the five continents, or the five Olympics by the time they came into existence. There is no specific meaning to each individual ring.
Where will the next Olympics be? The Summer Games will be held in Paris in 2024. The next Winter Olympics will be held in 2026 in Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy. Then the Summer Games will take place in 2028 in Los Angeles and 2032 in Brisbane, Australia. The host of the 2030 Winter Olympics will be chosen in 2023.