The Olympics remains one of sports’ great spectacles, a chance to celebrate amazing athletic achievements and years of dedication. For those of us in New England, there are some great stories to follow (more below). But this edition of the Games will be conducted under the biggest cloud in perhaps a half century, overshadowed by COVID-19, a diplomatic boycott and issues of human rights particularly the fate of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang.
As you tune in over the next fortnight, we pulled together a primer on the competition, controversy and impact (including climate change’s effect on future Winter Games).
The New York Times
How will the Olympics deal with the coronavirus? What happens if athletes protest China? Will there be boycotts? Here’s what we know.
How many sports will be held at the Winter Olympics this year?
There will be athletes with ties to New England. Men’s and women’s hockey represent a significant portion of the list because of New England’s status as a hotbed of youth hockey and the home of elite college programs.
The New York Times
Wrestling P.C.R. tests, QR codes and a ticking clock, officials tasked with getting teams to Beijing say planning is the Olympics’ newest high-stakes event.
Robots serving drinks, temperature-controlled sleep pods and disinfectants everywhere.
Defying a raging pandemic and months of international controversy, the 2022 Winter Olympics officially opened as scheduled in the Chinese capital on Friday night.
This diplomatic boycott by the U.S. and several other Western countries is symbolic — the athletes from all these countries are still competing.
Here’s a look at what the diplomatic boycott means in practice.
Winter Games campaign includes cross-country activations and promotional spots
There are many reasons to feel troubled by the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing, but the athletes and competition are worth your attention.
The Wall Street Journal
Studies show that losses or sports events have an investing impact—another way that our moods can mess with financial success.
Climate change threatens future Winter Olympic Games because their locations would be too warm to host the events, a new study has found.