Beijing to Host 2022 Winter Olympic Games

Beijing, the Chinese capital, has won the right to host the 2022 Winter Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games that follow.
Its 2008 Summer games was a major triumph of efficiency and design, and was trumpeted as the moment that marked China’s emergence on the world stage and as a superpower.
The Winter Games win came despite concerns that Beijing may lack mountains and natural snow, and despite concerns voiced by several human rights groups over the country’s treatment of dissenters, dissidents and most recently human rights lawyers. About 350 of them were rounded up this month. The 2022 games are forecast to cost $1.5 billion to stage – a tiny fraction of the $34 billion that the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia paid. Beijing is expected to re-use some of the iconic locations from its previous event, including the Bird’s Nest stadium.