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2022 Winter Olympics to begin Wednesday, games to see US-led diplomatic boycott


The 2022 Olympic Winter Games will start in Beijing on Wednesday in the shade of a US-led diplomatic boycott and coronavirus pandemic.


The first day of the quadrennial sporting event will see curling and luge contests, but Beijing 2022's opening ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, Feb. 4.

Beijing is set to become the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Olympics. The Chinese capital previously hosted the 2008 Summer Games.


But before the ceremony, Alpine skiing, curling, freestyle skiing, ice hockey, luge, and ski jumping competitions will be played on Thursday, and Saturday will see medal events in several disciplines such as biathlon, cross-country skiing, freestyle skiing, short track speed skating, ski jumping, and speed skating.


The Winter Olympics will go through to Feb. 20, when medal games and the closing ceremony will take place.


There will be 15 disciplines in the 2022 Games, including famed ones such as Alpine skiing, curling, figure skating, ice hockey, ski jumping, snowboard, and speed skating.

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