Children wave Chinese national flags at the welcome ceremony for the flame of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. China now follows in Tokyo 2020’s footsteps for the second Games during the pandemic. Photo: EPA
Children wave Chinese national flags at the welcome ceremony for the flame of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. China now follows in Tokyo 2020’s footsteps for the second Games during the pandemic. Photo: EPA
Patrick Blennerhassett
Opinion

Opinion

Patrick Blennerhassett

How will the Beijing 2022 Olympics differ from Tokyo 2020?

  • China is out for a soft power win with the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, but will have to deal with Covid-19, boycott chatter and geopolitical tension
  • Tokyo 2020 offered a playbook on how to host a Games in the pandemic landscape, but Beijing has more to worry about than their Japanese counterparts did

Children wave Chinese national flags at the welcome ceremony for the flame of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. China now follows in Tokyo 2020’s footsteps for the second Games during the pandemic. Photo: EPA
Children wave Chinese national flags at the welcome ceremony for the flame of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. China now follows in Tokyo 2020’s footsteps for the second Games during the pandemic. Photo: EPA
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