Opening ceremony: The 2022 Winter Olympics games opening ceremony was held at Beijing National Stadium and other venues situated in Yanqing and Chongli, China on 4 February 2022. Almost 14 years on from the iconic spectacles of the 2008 summer ceremonies, Beijing’s National Stadium (also known as the Bird’s Nest) will once again stage an Olympic Opening Ceremony; this time, for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. As mandated by the Olympic Charter, the proceedings were combine the formal and ceremonial opening of this international sporting event, including welcoming speeches, hoisting of the flags and the parade of athletes, with an artistic spectacle to showcase the host nation’s winter culture and modern history. The ceremonies encourage spectators to learn about the culture of the country hosting the games through music, song, dance, and fireworks. The Olympic Games began with the igniting of the Olympic cauldron.Participation: The Winter Olympics in 2022 featured a record 2,871 athletes (1,581 men and 1,290 women) and 109 events spread over 15 disciplines in seven sports. Alpine skiing, biathlon, bobsleigh, cross-country skiing, curling, ice hockey, figure skating, freestyle skiing, luge, Nordic combined, short track speed skating, skeleton, ski jumping, snowboarding, and speed skating are among the Olympic sports. 91 countries qualified for 2022 Winter Olympics including debutants Haiti and Saudi Arabia. From Kenya, one athlete qualified but due to her withdrawal, Kenya won’t participate in the tournament. Canada, ROC and USA will be represented by more than 200 athletes. Around 170 athletes will represent hosts China while only one athlete will represent India. Bermuda, Kenya, North Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Togo, and Tonga participated in 2018 winter Olympics but won’t participate in 2022 winter Olympics due to various issues. Meanwhile, American Samoa, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Virgin Island, Haiti, and Saudi Arabia will contend in 2022 winter Olympics after absence from 2018 winter Olympics.
Broadcasting: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, China government won’t sell any tickets for residents outside mainland of China. However, China announced an adapted program which invited guests to watch the match and cheer for their team. In India, there is no official broadcasting of the Winter Olympics. The USA fans can enjoy all the events of Winter Olympics on NBC. Fans residing in UK can enjoy the event on BBC/ Eurosport. Local Chinese fans unable to go to the stadium can enjoy the show on CCTV/Migu. PTV has right holder in Pakistan to broadcast winter Olympics Games 2022. (National MDCAT 2022 test underCOVID-19) Pakistani Delegation: I was very excited when I saw the Pakistani delegation entering the venue and I heard the cheers from the audience. Pakistan also competed in an alpine skiing competition. The delegation includes Syed Noman Ali, Chef de Mission, Nadeem Ajmal Khan, Team Leader and Official, Muhammad Karim, Athlete, Muhammad Qamar Mirza, Covid Liaison Officer and Coach, Agha Hunain Abbas Khan, Olympic Attache, (From the Embassy of Pakistan in China). During the opening and closing ceremonies, Muhammad Karim carried the country’s flag.As a Pakistani student studying in China, I feel the enthusiasm and friendship of the Chinese people. I hope the friendship between the two countries will last forever! I looked forward to the lighting of the Olympic flame. The thing which impressed me most was the unique and spectacular lighting of the flame, the last torch was the main torch. This arrangement was based on the idea of low-carbon and environmental protection, and also reflected the spirit of peace and unity in the world. I am a fan of winter sports, and I like watching the curling competition, it is difficult to control the direction and speed of curling, which requires hard work.
Pakistan Prime Minister: Imran Khan visit to China, met with President Xi and attended the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing. The PM praised the Chinese people’s efforts in hosting the major athletic event. China has powerful winter sports, according to Imran Khan, northern Pakistan has abundant skiing potential that have not been fully explored. He aims to utilize the Winter Olympics in Beijing in 2022 as a chance to work with China on snow sports. He further added “Skiing is one of the most popular Winter Olympic sports, and Gilgit-Baltistan and several districts of KP province offer outstanding ski resorts. However, skiing has not evolved in Pakistan to this point, and there are fewer and fewer areas to ski. As a result, we are attempting to construct new ski resorts in Gilgit-Baltistan, with the goal of collaborating more with China in ski sports and learning from Chinese athletes’ achievements in winter sports “.
Closing ceremony: Norway topped the medal count with 16 gold, eight silver, and 13 bronze for a total of 37 medals. Germany were second with 12 gold, 10 silver, and five bronze for a total of 27 medals. Hosts China were third with nine gold, four silver, and two bronze for a total of 15 medals. The Closing Ceremony for 2022 Winter Olympic Games took place on Sunday 20th February 2022, at 8pm China Standard Time in Beijing.I was pleasantly surprised by the Chinese people’s generosity; the way the audience burst in applause as the Pakistani delegation entered the venue was remarkable. As a Pakistani student studying in China, I am struck by the Chinese people’s enthusiasm and friendliness. I really hope that the relationship between the two countries would last indefinitely. The notion of technological progress, low-carbon environmental protection, sports and health and other topics that attracted me the most mirrored the world’s spirit of peace and harmony. The opening ceremony features a one-of-a-kind countdown through the twenty-four solar terms. It demonstrated Chinese culture, technological prowess, and organizational ability. With the Olympic slogan “Faster, Higher, Stronger-Together,” I hope the Olympic Games help to developing a peaceful and better world, as well as working together for a shared future!