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Which countries will not participate in the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics?

The Beijing Olympics are set to begin, and the number of countries represented in the Winter Games will only be half of those that joined its summer counterpart.

Czech Republic's Tomas Paul competes during the mixed doubles round robin session 1 game of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games curling competition against Norway, at the National Aquatics Centre in Beijing on February 2, 2022. - Czech Republic won

The Beijing Olympics are ready to kick off, but the number of participating countries will be much smaller than that seen at the Summer Games in Tokyo.

There are 91 delegations who will be joining the competition in China, as compared to 206 in Japan.

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Cold-country competition

The discrepancy is to be expected, as many countries simply do not have the weather conditions that would be conducive to excelling in the events at the Winter Games. Few warm-weather and tropical countries send representatives to the competition.

The Olympic Charter defines winter sports as those which are practiced on snow or ice, and countries which find these in short supply would find it very hard to train for them. Although some tropical countries have sent athletes to the Games, none of them have ever won a medal.

Around half of the countries that will not be at the Winter Olympics come from Africa. Out of 54 nations in the continent, only Eritrea, Ghana, Madagascar, Morocco, and Nigeria are sending competitors to the event. Kenya had qualified one athlete for Beijing, but later on withdrew.

Aside from climate considerations, the pandemic is another factor that is hindering participation in the competition. North Korea has cited covid-19 as a reason for not joining the Games.

Diplomatic boycott

The diplomatic boycott announced by the US and joined by other nations however, will not affect the participation of their countries’ sportsmen and women. Countries that will not send government officials such as Australia, Britain, Canada, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, and Estonia, will still be sending athletes to the Games.

Bermuda, Kenya, North Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Togo, and Tonga all participated in the 2018 PyeongChang Games in South Korea, but they are not joining this year.

Here is a list of countries that will be missing the 2022 Winter Games.

Countries without a delegation to the Beijing Winter Olympics

  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. The Bahamas
  6. Bahrain
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Barbados
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Botswana
  13. Brunei
  14. Burkina Faso
  15. Burundi
  16. Cabo Verde
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Central African Republic
  20. Chad
  21. Comoros
  22. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  23. Republic of the Congo
  24. Costa Rica
  25. Côte d'Ivoire
  26. Cuba
  27. Djibouti
  28. Dominica
  29. Dominican Republic
  30. Egypt
  31. El Salvador
  32. Equatorial Guinea
  33. Eswatini
  34. Ethiopia
  35. Fiji
  36. Gabon
  37. The Gambia
  38. Grenada
  39. Guatemala
  40. Guinea
  41. Guinea-Bissau
  42. Guyana
  43. Honduras
  44. Indonesia
  45. Iraq
  46. Jordan
  47. Kenya
  48. Kiribati
  49. North Korea
  50. Kuwait
  51. Laos
  52. Lesotho
  53. Liberia
  54. Libya
  55. Malawi
  56. Maldives
  57. Mali
  58. Marshall Islands
  59. Mauritania
  60. Mauritius
  61. Micronesia
  62. Mozambique
  63. Myanmar
  64. Namibia
  65. Nauru
  66. Nepal
  67. Nicaragua
  68. Niger
  69. Oman
  70. Palau
  71. Panama
  72. Papua New Guinea
  73. Paraguay
  74. Qatar
  75. Rwanda
  76. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  77. Saint Lucia
  78. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  79. Samoa
  80. Sao Tome and Principe
  81. Senegal
  82. Seychelles
  83. Sierra Leone
  84. Singapore
  85. Solomon Islands
  86. Somalia
  87. South Africa
  88. Sri Lanka
  89. Sudan
  90. South Sudan
  91. Suriname
  92. Syria
  93. Tajikistan
  94. Tanzania
  95. Togo
  96. Tonga
  97. Tunisia
  98. Turkmenistan
  99. Tuvalu
  100. Uganda
  101. United Arab Emirates
  102. Uruguay
  103. Vanuatu
  104. Venezuela
  105. Vietnam
  106. Yemen
  107. Zambia
  108. Zimbabwe