After successfully hosting the Summer Olympic Games in 2008, China is trying to leverage this year's Winter Games to raise its international status and to expand its soft power. However, uncertainty related to the spread of the Omicron variant and the strict adoption of its “zero-Covid policy” puts the management of Sports events in peril at any moment. In addition, human rights issues are back to the central stage and the international community is increasingly divided: on the one hand, several countries have boycotted the event; on the other, Xi Jinping and leaders like Vladimir Putin will be watching the Opening Ceremony together, amidst tensions between Russia and the West over Ukraine. Moreover, this year's Olympic Games are the first of a series of global sports events in 2022, with a significant political value. Will China be successful in leveraging the Games on a geopolitical level? Will the management of Covid help to secure a stable political course in 2022 and boost consensus around the country's economic path?