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2022 Winter Olympic Games in Beijing
The XXIV Olympic Winter Games, which are scheduled from 4-20 February, are kicking off in the Chinese capital. Almost 3,000 athletes from over 90 countries are participating in the games, competing in 15 various disciplines.

Let the Games Begin: Opening Ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing

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The XXIV Olympic Winter Games officially opened on 4 February in China. The ceremony was held at the Beijing National Stadium, popularly known as the Bird's Nest, and was attended by China's President Xi Jinping who officially declared the Games open.
The opening ceremony was also attended by more than a dozen world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Nearly 3,000 athletes from 90 countries will compete in these Olympics which will be held until 20 February.
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Team China athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Team China athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. - Sputnik International
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Team China athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese flag is raised during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese flag is raised during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese flag is raised during the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. China's President Xi Jinping waves next to his wife Peng Liyuan.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. China's President Xi Jinping waves next to his wife Peng Liyuan. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. China's President Xi Jinping waves next to his wife Peng Liyuan.

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Performers at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Performers at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. - Sputnik International
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Performers at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. An inflatable version of Bing Dwen Dwen, one of the mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. An inflatable version of Bing Dwen Dwen, one of the mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. An inflatable version of Bing Dwen Dwen, one of the mascots of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, during the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Performers during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022.  Performers during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Performers during the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Kyrgyzstan contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Kyrgyzstan contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Kyrgyzstan contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony.

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China's national flag being brought into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

China's national flag being brought into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. - Sputnik International
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China's national flag being brought into the stadium during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022.

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Members of the Russian Olympic Committee's contingent take part in the athletes' parade during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China.

Members of the Russian Olympic Committee's contingent take part in the athletes' parade during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China. - Sputnik International
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Members of the Russian Olympic Committee's contingent take part in the athletes' parade during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, in Beijing, China.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Performers at the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Performers at the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Performers at the opening ceremony.

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Children perform at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Children perform at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. - Sputnik International
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Children perform at the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. General view of performers during the opening ceremony.

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Performers seen before the beginning of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

Performers seen before the beginning of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. - Sputnik International
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Performers seen before the beginning of the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. A spectator before the beginning of the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. A spectator before the beginning of the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. A spectator before the beginning of the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Canadian contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The  Canadian contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Canadian contingent is seen during the athletes' parade at the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese national flag is carried during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese national flag is carried during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. The Chinese national flag is carried during the opening ceremony.

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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Fireworks explode over the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the opening ceremony.

2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Fireworks explode over the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the opening ceremony. - Sputnik International
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2022 Beijing Olympics - Opening Ceremony at the National Stadium, Beijing, China on 4 February 2022. Fireworks explode over the National Stadium, also known as the Bird's Nest, during the opening ceremony.

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