2022 Asian Games postponed due to rising Covid-19 cases in China, Asian Youth Games canceled

In the latest development, the 2022 Asian Games, to be held in Hangzhou, China, in September, have been postponed to 2023 due to rising COVID-19 cases in the country, the Olympic Council announced on Friday. ‘Asia. The Games were originally scheduled to be held from September 10-25.

“The Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee has been very well prepared to deliver the Games on time despite the global challenges. However, the above decision was taken by all stakeholders after carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games,” the OCA said in a statement.

The host city of Hangzhou is less than 200km from Shanghai, which is facing the worst Covid-19 outbreak, and strict restrictions have been put in place, in and around the area, including a lockdown. Meanwhile, organizers have confirmed that all venue construction was completed in April itself.

The Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, held in February, also took place in a bio-bubble. The OCA also announced that the third edition of the Asian Youth Games, which was to be held in Shantou in December, has been canceled. Apart from that, China was also scheduled to host the World University Games in Chengdu from June 26 to July 7.

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