Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy
In 2015, several cities were vying to host the XXIV Olympic Winter Games. However, by the time the deadline approached, many had dropped out of the race. Only two cities remained in contention: Beijing, China and Almaty, Kazakhstan. Ultimately, on July 31st that year, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) made its decision – Beijing won the bid to host the games over Almaty by a vote of 44-40. This marked a historic moment for China as it became the first city to be awarded both the Summer and Winter Games.
Despite initial excitement for these games, there were significant challenges that arose due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Many athletes, coaches, support staff and high-level officials were unable to attend due to restrictions related to travel and health concerns. Those who did attend had to adhere strictly to COVID protocols and undergo rigorous testing upon arrival. They were greeted by individuals wearing full hazmat suits who were responsible for conducting testing at every event throughout the games.
John Wendt, a former professor of Ethics and Business Law at [insert name of university], wrote an article about this topic titled “Beijing 2022: The Games of Muted Joy”. In it he discussed how despite all efforts made by IOC and other stakeholders in organizing these games amidst global pandemic situation it was hard for everyone involved with them but still they managed to pull off successful event . He also highlighted how this decision will have long-term effects not only on China but also on global sports industry as whole.