Beijing 2022 Olympic Games, officially opened, are now a reality: “The Olympics represent humanity at its best”
Games will run until February 20. Fourteen years after China hosted its first Olympic Games in the blazing heat of summer, the Bird’s Nest once again put on a spectacular show.
COVID-19 and travel disruptions limit 139th IOC Session in Beijing
In an unprecedented move, the IOC will hold two days of meetings on the sidelines of the Beijing Games, then gather again later this year.
Tony Estanguet, leader of Paris 2024, catches Covid and cannot travel to the Beijing 2022 Games
Princess Anne of England will also not be at the Winter Olympics due to “travel restrictions”, and will participate via online in the IOC Session, as happened in Tokyo.
Thomas Bach praises the Winter Games as a “a very safe environment”: “The nervousness is more back home and the roads to Beijing”
In an interview with Around the Rings, the IOC president revealed that Beijing 2022 will feature foreign spectators residing in China, elaborated on details of his meeting with Peng Shuai and discussed the possibility of a woman succeeding him in 2025.
President of Argentina believes Beijing 2022 will be a success: “It is an absolutely good thing for the world that China will host the Games under this global context”
Alberto Fernandez will be in Beijing on February 4 to attend the opening of the Games, and two days later she will meet with her counterpart, Xi Jinping. Before arriving in China, Fernandez will visit Vladimir Putin in Moscow, who is being targeted by the West and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) for the threat of invasion to Ukraine’s territory.
The Peng Shuai conundrum continues to complicate world sport - and Beijing 2022 is just around the corner
Australian Open’s initial decision and rectification confirms how difficult it is to handle extra-sporting issues today, but also that 2022 is the worst year for the tournament in terms of public image.
BEHIND THE SCENES: The “Chinese years” come to an end in a month, but the legacy for the Olympic world is already clear
Those years had a decisive influence on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and on the two presidents who had to manage Juan Antonio Samaranch’s legacy.
THE HULA REPORT: Olympic Pause for Russia Ukraine Drama
Russian President Vladimir Putin plays a game of three dimensional chess over Ukraine. The Olympics are part of the strategy. If history provides any lessons, look to the Sochi 2014 Games.
Laura Chinchilla bets that Beijing 2022 will be “a success” based on Tokyo’s recipe: “Technology and very clear rules”.
Chinchilla, an IOC Member, was president of Costa Rica between 2010 and 2014, the first in the history of her country and the fifth in the history of Latin America to have been elected head of state.
USA requests visas for 18 officials to the Beijing 2022 Games after diplomatic boycott
South China Morning Post assures that the visas would be for three months and the officials would provide support in the security of the US delegation.
Healthy Yuzuru Hanyu confirms his intention to compete in Beijing
Concerns over the health of Hanyu had recently arisen after he had torn right ankle ligaments earlier this year and subsequently missed the first two Grand Prix events of the season.
Covid-19 forces the cancellation of the 2022 CISM Military World Winter Games
The annual military sporting event was cancelled after local organizers deemed the challenge posed by the global health situation too great. The sporting event is the second winter multi-sports games to be cancelled in the lead up to the 2022 Winter Olympics.
THE COLUMN: China confines one city to a month and a half from Beijing 2022 as Covid outbreaks emerge in sports leagues around the world
With the Omicron variant, sports are forced to reactivate health protocols and formulas in the NBA, NHL, NFL, and European soccer.
BEHIND THE SCENES: From the Roman Empire to the fake Peng Shuai: in the midst of the storm, Thomas Bach takes the helm of the Olympic ship with force
The IOC President had to appeal to ancient history to defend his policy and to forcefulness to demolish the idea that China is cheating the olympic body. He praised the “new” sports, surfing, skateboarding and sport climbing.
Thomas Bach: “The Olympics cannot solve problems that generations of politicians have not solved”
In an interview with the German news agency DPA, Bach spoke about several topics, although the situation of Peng Shuai was a central issue.
BEHIND THE SCENES: Combining pressures from politics and sports on Beijing 2022 opens up unexplored prospects
In just a matter of days, two very different institutions, but both led by U.S. progressives - the White House and the WTA - stepped forward.
The Boycott Appendix: a short history and list of Olympic boycotts
The Olympic Games and boycotts have met on many occasions since the return of Olympism with the Games of the modern era in Athens 1896.
ATP reacts with caution to WTA’s severing of ties with China
The WTA, the governing body of women’s tennis, took a bold step on Wednesday by canceling all its tournaments in China, in protest against the situation of the player Peng Shuai.
The WTA takes a bold step and cancels all its tournaments in China in repudiation of Peng Shuai’s situation: “None of this is acceptable”
Simon’s decision on the WTA puts pressure on Italy’s Andrea Gaudenzi, the head of the ATP, but is a blow especially for the Winter Games starting on February 4.
THE HULA REPORT: China struggles to win Olympic respect
Modern day China began Olympics ties 70 years ago. The relationshhip with modern-day China has been tested repeatedly in the past 70 years.
Australia considers “diplomatic boycott” of Beijing Games as Chinese government downplays Peng Shuai case
The Canberra government “is awaiting the decision by the Biden administration before it makes a call on whether to sign up to a diplomatic boycott”.
Diplomatic Olympic Boycott Called “Silly Show” in China
Editorial in China Newspaper blasts U.S. President Joseph Biden said days ago that the U.S. is considering the option as part of global criticism against China over human rights issues.
Perfect storm looms over Beijing Winter Games
The disappearance of a Chinese tennis player after denouncing a sexual assault by a former high-ranking Chinese Communist Party leader does not leave many alternatives to Joe Biden, who said a diplomatic boycott is something he is “considering”. The USOPC told Around the Rings that they “oppose athlete boycotts”.
WINTER SPORTS WORLD Alpine skiing’s parallel event shunned by top ski racers, poses challenges, dilemma for FIS
World Cup parallel races lack identity and athlete’s respect, ahead of Beijing 2022 mixed team parallel event. After years of lobbying to IOC by Gian Franco Kasper, event to be contested at second Olympic Winter Games.
IOC approves Russian Olympic Committee’s uniforms for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games
The uniforms to be worn by Russian athletes have been approved by the IOC according to Russian Olympic Committee President Stanislav Pozdnyakov.
Injured Polish luger expresses displeasure with Chinese track officials as he recovers in hospital
International Luge Federation executive director Christoph Schweiger has attributed Mateusz Sochowicz’s training accident to human error. FIL announces changes to Olympic track procedures.
IOC’s Christophe Dubi feels “butterflies in the belly” concerning homestretch to Beijing 2022 Games
Final test events, injured Polish luger, spectators, human rights issues and Rule 50 all addressed at IOC Webinar with less than 90 days until the Beijing Games open.
Bobsleigh pilots reveal details about “Top Notch” training experience at future Olympic sliding track in Yanqing
The unique track’s dragon-shaped likeness captivates athletes. U.S. driver Codie Bascue lists Beijing 2022 track among his top three favorites along with Lake Placid and St. Moritz.
G20 and IOC, between the thorny issue of Beijing 2022 and the situation in Taiwan
The paths of world politics and high sports politics often cross. It happened, for example, at the 2018 G20 Summit in Buenos Aires, when FIFA’s president Gianni Infantino addressed the plenary.
Mitt Romney Calls for U.S. Government Zero Budget for Beijing Winter Olympics
Funding for U.S. athletes would not be affected should the legislation designed to support a diplomatic boycott be passed.