Beijing will become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics when the Games in China begin in February. Many of the venues that hosted the 2008 Summer Games will be reused, including Bird’s Nest Stadium.
As was the case at the recent Tokyo Summer Olympics, these games will be held in the shadow of the Covida pandemic, with applicable restrictions, including a 21-day arrival quarantine for those not fully vaccinated against the coronavirus.
When is the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics?
The Winter Games will take place from 4 to 20 February 2022.
Where do they keep them?
Some events will take place at the same venues in Beijing that hosted the 2008 Games, including the Bird’s Nest Stadium, which will once again host the opening and closing ceremonies, and the Water Cube, which has been converted from a swimming pool into a curling arena.
Alpine skiing and skating events – bobsled, sledding and skeleton – will take place in Yanqing, which is within the municipality of Beijing on a mountainous northwestern outskirts near part of the Great Wall.
Zhangjiakou, northwest of Beijing in Hebei Province, will host cross-country skiing, ski jumping, biathlon, snowboarding and freestyle skiing. Zhangjiakou is almost 200 km from the center of Beijing and is connected by high-speed railway, which takes about an hour.
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They will support the UK Winter Olympics in any protest over China’s human rights record during the upcoming Beijing Games, but have been told to seek guidance ahead of controversial social media posts. Reported by Jeremy Wilson.
Fully vaccinated against Covid-19, a team of up to 55 athletes will travel to Beijing for the games, which begin on February 4 and will take place behind calls to boycott human rights and international security concerns tennis player Peng Shuai.
The British government has joined the United States, Australia and Canada in a diplomatic boycott, and given the protests on the podium, the British Olympic Association will not try to stop athletes from using headlights. UK Sport predicted three to seven British medals next month, meaning they could beat their five-point record, which was set in Sochi in 2014 and tied in Pyeongchang in 2018.
“The situation on the podium is always difficult because we definitely want our athletes to respect the athletes they stand with,” said Andy Anson, executive director of the British Olympic Federation. “We will not stifle their freedom of expression. This is perhaps the only opportunity in their lives to have this platform. We support and guide athletes.
“We’ve been telling athletes all along that we’re very happy to be able to express themselves, but they’re reasonable and ideally touch the base… if they think they’re doing something controversial. We are not the ones who will prevent our athletes from expressing their opinions. But we are also the ones who will be given reasonable guidance on local laws, what is expected at the local level so that they do not find themselves in difficult situations. “
The entire BOA delegation will also be fully vaccinated, with Team GB athletes undergoing as many as five Covid-19 PCR tests before leaving the UK. “It wasn’t something we had to encourage at all – the decision was made by the athletes and the wider delegation,” said Georgie Harland, head of the GB team’s mission.
Will they be spectators?
As with the Tokyo Summer Games, foreign fans are banned due to the constant disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The final decision on whether fans living in mainland China can attend the Games has not yet been made, but there is confidence that empty stadiums at the Tokyo Olympics will not be repeated.
What will be the limitations of Covid?
All athletes and associated staff will be required to remain in a “closed loop” that includes venues and dedicated transportation facilities.
Athletes and others who are not fully vaccinated will be required to undergo a 21-day quarantine upon arrival in China, and all participants will be tested for Covid-19 daily.
As most international flights to China are canceled, special flights from city centers and exclusively for participants in the Games will be arranged.
During the Tokyo Games, which operated within a more porous bubble, organizers reported 430 positive cases, although there were only 29 among athletes and 25 among the media.
What sports will they be?
In Beijing, the Olympic debut will be seven new events, including a women’s monobob, mixed team relay races in speed skating on short distances and cross-country skiing.
As with introducing sports such as skateboarding into the summer program, the goal is to attract a younger audience and increase women’s participation. Other new events include free big air skiing (men and women), mixed team ski jumping and free ski antennas.
Basic sports are biathlon, bobsleigh, curling, ice hockey, sledding, skating and skiing.
How has the GB team worked before?