# Olympics: The 2022 Winter Games will be opened officially in the Chinese capital today. About three-thousand athletes from more than 90 countries will vie for the 109 gold medals across seven different sporting codes. Some of the action already started on Wednesday, but the opening ceremony only takes place at 8 pm local time today – this is at 2 pm South African time. Beijing becomes the very first city to host both the Winter and Summer Games after the Summer spectacular took place in 2008. This year’s event will conclude on the 20th of this month.