Experts say China has used the Olympics to reinforce political ties and influence its global and domestic reputation. Beijing says it is the boycott that has politicized the games.
The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics are being held in a "closed-loop" system, where participants and visitors are separated from the public because of Covid-19. It's the perfect environment to push the limits of modern technology and Beijing is showcasing a whole host of innovations, from 5G to robots and from 8K broadcasting to its digital currency, the e-CNY. Peter O'Brien takes us through some of the breakthroughs and controversies surrounding tech at the Games.
While the International Olympic Committee has said that politics and sport do not mix, there are many examples to the contrary. Athletes have often been advocates for social change, while activists are angry about Beijing hosting the Winter Olympics despite rampant allegations of human rights abuses. More than 200 global groups have made a joint call for a diplomatic boycott. We take a closer look.
Call it an Olympic-sized gamble. Ahead of Chinese New Year holiday travel and the Winter Games, authorities there are sticking to their zero-Covid policy. As Omicron tears through much of the rest of the world, can the coronavirus really be barred from the Beijing Olympics?
9 Nov 2021
An official Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic venue held a test ice hockey match on Monday (November 8), with the Games just months away. The match, which was held without spectators and featured local teams Beijing Arcfox and Beijing Shougang, comes amid uncertainty over the participation status of China's men's national hockey team in next year's Games. China is guaranteed a spot in the ice hockey tournament due to its status as host nation, but International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) president Luc Tardif said in September that the men's team could be prevented from playing due to its "insufficient sporting standard".
29 Oct 2021
Tens of thousands of people in northern China have been placed under strict lockdown as officials seek to keep a lid on a growing COVID outbreak ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
18 Dec 2020
Speeding down a steep slope, snowboarder Zhang Xu skids gracefully to a halt in a shower of snow -- one of a new generation of winter sports fans in China learning in brand new skiing facilities.
15 Feb 2018
There's no official Russian team at the Winter Olympics after being banned over state-sponsored doping. DW spoke to some of the skaters left out in the cold.
10 Feb 2018
Let the Games begin: Winter Olympics kicks off in PyeongChang.
6 Feb 2018
Nigeria's Bobsled and Skeleton teams to the Winter Olympics have called for a united Nigeria, regardless of the country's ethnic differences.
3 Dec 2017
White House National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said on Saturday that North Korea's nuclear efforts were the 'greatest immediate threat' to the United States and added that Americans should not feel afraid to attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
24 Jun 2017
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in on Saturday (June 24) attended the World Taekwondo Championships and, with North Korean athletes present, said he hoped to see an inter-Korean team at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.