Barely six months after the Tokyo Summer Olympics, postponed for a year due to the pandemic, Beijing is preparing to host the 24thWinter Olympics. 3,000 athletes are expected for these 2022 Olympics in 15 sports and 109 events. These Beijing Games are already looking complicated, the United States, Australia, Great Britain and Canada have indeed announced a diplomatic boycott of the event, which means that senior government officials will not participate. not. This boycott aims to protest against human rights violations in China. It only concerns politicians, these countries will send their athletes. In addition to this diplomatic “boycott”, Covid-19 could upset the organization of these 2022 Winter Olympics with a highly transmissible Omicron variant. Since mid-January, daily cases of Covid-19 have also been at their highest for two years in China.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 Winter Olympics.
When are the 2022 Winter Olympics?
The Beijing Winter Olympics will hold their opening ceremony on Friday, February 4. The closing ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 20.
How to watch the 2022 Olympics
There is a seven hour time difference between Paris and Beijing. The vast majority of the events of these Olympic Winter Games will be held between 1:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (French time). In France, France Télévisions and Eurosport are the official broadcasters of the event for television broadcasting. For radio, RMC and Radio France take care of the coverage.
The France Télévisions group covers the Beijing Olympics live via France 2, France 3 and Franceinfo (TNT channel 27) from 1:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day, followed by the JO Club program from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. France 3 offers a TLS Special Beijing 2022, at 8:45 p.m. from Monday to Thursday, at 8:10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. The Stage 2 Special Beijing broadcast will take place on Sundays at 8:05 p.m.
On the web, France.tv (Android and iOS applications available) will offer replays of the events as well as a dedicated Beijing H24 channel.
All the events and medal ceremonies will be broadcast live on Eurosport 1, Eurosport 2, the Eurosport application and Eurosport.fr. Eurosport also offers a calendar of the Beijing 2022 games which lists all the events and their times for France day by day.
Note that Eurosport is part of the Canal + Sport package with BeINSport.
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The new events of the Winter Olympics
There are seven new sports at the Beijing Winter Olympics:
This is an individual event reserved for women. The latter also participate in two-man bobsleigh races and the men in two-man and four-man bobsleigh races.
Mixed team jump in freestyle skiing
The skiers evolve in teams of three, each team comprising at least one man and one woman. Athletes launch themselves on a ramp and perform somersaults and aerial tricks. The individual scores are added together and the team with the highest score wins.
Big air male and female in freestyle skiing
Big air snowboarding was already an Olympic event. Skiers now have their own. Competitors launch off a ramp to perform jumps and tricks. They are entitled to three jumps with the addition of the points of the two best performances.
Mixed team relay in short-track speed skating
Four skaters, two men and two women, make up each team and cover 18 laps of the track, with each skater running twice during the relay.
Mixed team event in ski jumping
Like speed skating, mixed ski jumping teams have four athletes: two men and two women. Each skier jumps once, and jumps are scored based on distance traveled and style.
Mixed team snowboard cross
Snowboard cross is a race that sees many athletes compete on the same course at the same time. Each team is made up of a man and a woman. When the first athlete completes the course, the starting gate automatically opens to allow their teammate to race down the slope.
What are the Covid-19 measures?
The Olympics are taking place in Beijing, about 1,050 km north of Wuhan, where the coronavirus was discovered two years ago. The organizers of the Games apply extremely strict rules.
- Originally, it was planned that only Chinese residents could attend the Games. But since January 17, this plan has been modified. After Beijing recorded its first case of the omicron variant of Covid-19, the general Chinese public was banned from buying tickets.
- Spectators are allowed to applaud, but are asked not to shout;
- Support staff, including waiters and cleaners, are not permitted to leave Olympic venues during Games time;
- Olympic participants who leave the Games area to travel to other parts of China must spend at least a week in quarantine, followed by at least two weeks in isolation at home.
Who can attend the Olympics?
As noted above, the rules are changing as to which Chinese residents can attend the event, and groups of spectators will need to be invited to attend. As for non-Chinese residents, The New York Times reports that “
athletes, trainers, coaches, referees, journalists and some other vaccinated foreigners
can enter the country without the usual two weeks of quarantine, followed by a week of home confinement.
Where will the next Winter Olympics take place after Beijing?
The next Winter Olympics are scheduled for February 6-22, 2026, in the Italian cities of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. It is the only venue for the next Winter Olympics announced so far. As for the Summer Olympics, Paris will host them in 2024, Los Angeles in 2028 and Brisbane, Australia in 2032.
CNET.com article adapted by CNETFrance
Image: International Olympic Committee, Lin Cunzhen