The Asian Games, World University Games and two Diamond League athletics meets, all in China, will not take place as planned this summer amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Asian Games, scheduled for Sept. 10-25 in Hangzhou, are a quadrennial multi-sport competition for Asian nations featuring around 10,000 athletes, a similar number to the Summer Olympics.
For many athletes, the Asian Games are more important than the world championships of their individual sport.
The Asian Games organizers were “very well prepared to deliver the Games on time despite the global challenges”, according to a press release from the Olympic Council of Asia. The postponement came after “carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games”.
New dates will be announced soon, organizers said.
The World University Games, a biennial multi-sport student-athlete competition scheduled to be held in Chengdu from June 26 to July 7, has been postponed for a second consecutive year. The event will take place on upcoming dates in 2023.
“The decision to reschedule Chengdu 2021 was not made easily, but it is the right decision for college athletes,” said the president of the International College Sports Federation. Leonz Eder said in a press release. “Their well-being is always our number one priority. Continued uncertainty over conditions made postponement the wise choice – a number of national college sports federations had already changed their plans.
Ahead of this second postponement, some nations, including Britain and Canada, announced they would not send teams, citing multiple reasons including health and safety during the pandemic and the war in Ukraine.
The World University Games bring together more than 5,000 athletes in many Olympic sports and some non-Olympic events, such as wushu for the Chengdu edition.
The Diamond League, the top-level international athletics circuit, has announced that its two Chinese matches on July 30 and August 6 in Shanghai and Shenzhen will not take place “due to travel restrictions and strict security requirements. quarantine currently in place for entry into China.” ”
A substitute meeting will be held in Chorzow, Poland on August 6.
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