After the Olympics is before the Olympics. Now that the Olympic flame has been extinguished in Tokyo, it is only about six months until it is due to be reignited at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. The Beijing Games are not expected to be any more “normal” than the one in Tokyo. It is unclear, for example, if and how China will adjust its strict Covid entry restrictions – and if so, for whom. Meanwhile, there is talk in the Western world about a diplomatic boycott of the Games to send a signal against human rights violations in Xinjiang and other places (as reported by China.Table).
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