Winter Olympics finish in controversy, as IOC praises athletes’ ‘solidarity and peace’

The closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics happened on Sunday night in Beijing, bringing the video games to an official close — though the controversy surrounding them is far from over.
Norway completed first overall with a total of 37 medals, Germany came in second, raking up 27 medals, followed by the United States with 25 medals in complete.
Meanwhile, host country China received 9 gold medals, edging out its major rival the US and securing the third spot in official Olympic medal rankings.
Germany came in second with 12 gold medals, and Norway finished first, topping the Olympic podium sixteen times because the games started on Feb. four.
The closing ceremony took place on the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, home to so many iconic sporting scenes in 2008’s Beijing Summer Olympics.
The ceremony started with the entrance of the International Olympic Committee members and Chinese chief Xi Jinpin and his entourage.
IOC President Thomas Bach got nearer to Xi than maybe some other Western chief in the past two years, as the 2 stopped about 12 feet away from each other and waved awkwardly.
Then there was the triumphant entry of the athletes, followed by a medals award ceremony for the winners from the ultimate day of competition, and a video montage of highlights from the video games.
Entertainment included a red scarfed children’s choir, and an Italian flag raising ceremony with an unique efficiency of the nationwide anthem by singer Malika Ayane, accompanied by an enthusiastic violinist.
Then, standing at a white podium beneath a giant glowing snowflake in the center of the stadium, Bach began his closing speech with, “Xiexie, Zhongguo” (Thank you, China).
Speaking to the athletes, the IOC president and former Olympian spoke of the Olympic spirit, which has the power to unite folks of all nations, despite ongoing conflicts among nations.
“We are all equal, regardless of what we appear to be, where we come from or what we believe. This unifying energy of the Olympic Games is stronger than the forces that desires to divide us. You give peace an opportunity.
“May the political leaders all over the world be impressed by your example of solidarity and peace.”

A considerably confusing moment completed, as two youngsters rolled out a large globe, which they hugged on top of a projection of cracking ice, with the slogan, “DUALITY, TOGETHER” (whatever that means), and the large snowflake hanging above them.
The odd show was adopted by some more (real) Italian entertainment — a contemporary dance carried out under the glowing snowflake on a projected winter panorama.
As the Olympic torch was solemnly extinguished, the anticipated fireworks show lit up the stadium, with the pyrotechnic spectacle studying, “ONE WORLD, ONE FAMILY” above the Bird’s Nest and a simulation of red snowflakes floating out of the stadium and into the night sky — for TV audiences solely, no doubt.
Although the Olympic flame has been extinguished in Beijing, the controversy surrounding the video games will proceed, as spectators throughout the globe debate who’re the actual winners and losers on the world’s biggest stage.
The video games drew vital criticism from the international group over China’s human rights record, with a group of Western and Asian-Pacific countries staging a diplomatic boycott, including the US, the UK, Canada, India, Australia and several different European nations.
This year’s winter video games highlighted the US-China rivalry, while additionally shining the spotlight on Russia’s continued doping offenses, including of kid athletes.

Notably, the American-born freestyle skier Eileen Gu competed for China, successful gold in each the Big Air and Halfpipe occasions, sparking intense debate about her nationality and allegiance.
Competing for ติดตั้งโซล่าเซลล์ ราคา , Chinese-American Nathan Chen won gold for within the mens singles event.
Meanwhile, Russian teen figure skating prodigy Kamila Valieva was allowed to proceed competing after it emerged that a blood sample tested positive for a minimal of one banned substance, including a performance enhancing heart medicine.
This year’s winter games also saw document low audiences within the US, as tv networks cited robust anti-China sentiment, flamed by two years of pandemic, in addition to the widespread criticism of China’s remedy of the Uyghur individuals in Xinjiang.
The Paralympic Winter Games will take place on March 4-13 in Beijing..

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