Following the massive surge of COVID cases in China, the 2022 Asian Games scheduled to be held in Hangzhou from September 10-25 has been postponed indefinitely.
The new dates for the event are yet to be announced. On Friday, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had an executive board meeting in Tashkent. While the current situation and the feasibility of conducting the event were discussed, it was decided that the safest option would be to postpone the event for now.
Meanwhile, it was confirmed that the name and emblem of the event would remain unchanged. This edition of the AG was supposed to be the 19th edition of the prestigious Asian tournament. It was supposed to witness over 11,000 athletes competing across 61 sporting categories. Besides, Asian Youth Games to be held in Shantou in December has also been called off.
China is witnessing a heavy surge in the COVID cases currently. Shanghai has reported a record number of daily cases, which happens to be a short ride from Hangzhou. Hangzhou is the capital of the Zhejiang province and is 175 km southwest of Shanghai, while the host city currently has 3,124 positive cases, along with a death.