Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

Published February 9th, 2022 - 07:50 GMT

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are underway in China. The best athletes from around the world compete in a broad lineup of winter sports with hopes of bringing home the gold for their country. And while this year's Winter Olympics are as spectacular as previous years, controversy surrounding COVID-19, China's treatment of Uyghur Muslims and others have made the Beijing 2022 games unique to say the least.

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Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

The delegation from France takes part in the parade of athletes, underneath the Olympics rings, during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

Activists protest against the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics outside the Consulate of China in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2022. Activists protested against the many human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party and called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing. United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record, particularly the fate of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

Activists protest against the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics outside the Consulate of China in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2022. Activists protested against the many human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party and called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing. United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record, particularly the fate of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

A man poses with the sentence: "Welcome to Beijing" written on his hazmat suit in Yanqing that host the alpine skiing and sliding venues ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, on January 31, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

Russia's Kamila Valieva takes part in a figure skating training session at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 2, 2022, ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

The team led bny Germany's Francesco Friedrich celebrates the gold after the 4-man bobsleigh heat 4 final run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

France's Anais Chevalier competes at the shooting range in the women's 4x6km biathlon event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2018, in Pyeongchang. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action

Gold medallist Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates on the podium during the women's slalom victory ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 9, 2022. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
The delegation from France takes part in the parade of athletes, underneath the Olympics rings, during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games, at the National Stadium, known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. (Photo by Ben STANSALL / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Activists protest against the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics outside the Consulate of China in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2022. Activists protested against the many human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party and called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing. United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record, particularly the fate of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Activists protest against the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics outside the Consulate of China in Los Angeles, California on February 3, 2022. Activists protested against the many human rights abuses of the Chinese Communist Party and called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics due to be held in Beijing. United States, Britain, Canada and Australia are among countries staging a diplomatic boycott over China's human rights record, particularly the fate of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang. (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
A man poses with the sentence: "Welcome to Beijing" written on his hazmat suit in Yanqing that host the alpine skiing and sliding venues ahead of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, on January 31, 2022. (Photo by Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Russia's Kamila Valieva takes part in a figure skating training session at the Capital Indoor Stadium in Beijing on February 2, 2022, ahead of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Games. (Photo by Anne-Christine POUJOULAT / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
The team led bny Germany's Francesco Friedrich celebrates the gold after the 4-man bobsleigh heat 4 final run during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, at the Olympic Sliding Centre on February 25, 2018 in Pyeongchang. (Photo by MOHD RASFAN / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
France's Anais Chevalier competes at the shooting range in the women's 4x6km biathlon event during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on February 22, 2018, in Pyeongchang. (Photo by François-Xavier MARIT / AFP)
Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics: Controversy and Action
Gold medallist Slovakia's Petra Vlhova celebrates on the podium during the women's slalom victory ceremony at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the Yanqing National Alpine Skiing Centre in Yanqing on February 9, 2022. (Photo by Dimitar DILKOFF / AFP)

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