Asian Games 2022 postponed indefinitely due to surge in COVID-19 cases in China

 The 19th Asian Games was scheduled to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou in September but has been postponed indefinitely 

Bad news for the athletes and sports fans as the 19th Asian Games scheduled to be held in the Chinese city of Hangzhou has been postponed indefinitely due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. The 3rd Asian Youth Games 2021 were also canceled. The Asian Olympic Council has confirmed the news of the postponement of the Asian Games. More than 11,000 athletes from 44 countries were to take part in the 19th Asian Games in September.

“Following detailed discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC), the OCA Executive Board (EB) today decided to postpone the 19th Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10-25, 2022,” said the Olympic Council of Asia in a statement.

The new dates, according to the statement, will be agreed upon between the OCA, the COC, and the HAGOC and announced in the near future. The name and emblem of the 19th Asian Games will remain unchanged.

“HAGOC (the games organising committee) has been very well prepared to deliver the games on time despite global challenges. However, the above decision was taken by all the stakeholders after carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the games,” it said.

The OCA added that its Executive Board also studied the situation of the 3rd Asian Youth Games, which was scheduled for December 20-28 this year in Shantou, China.

“After discussion with the COC and the Organising Committee, the OCA EB decided that as the Asian Youth Games had already been postponed once, the Asian Youth Games Shantou 2021 will be canceled. The next Asian Youth Games will therefore be held in 2025 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan,” it said.

                                                                     insight sports desk


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