China to host Asian Games in 2023 after COVID postponement

China to host Asian Games in 2023 after COVID postponement

China will host the 2022 Asian Games in 2023, organizers said on Tuesday, after the event in Hangzhou was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) said that the Games will now be held in Hangzhou from 23 September to 8 October 2023. The event was originally scheduled to be held in September this year, but was postponed in May by organizers as China tried to stamp out a major Covid resurgence in many parts of the country. Hangzhou lies less than 200 kilometers (120 miles) from Shanghai, the country’s largest city, which earlier this year imposed a months-long lockdown as part of the ruling Communist Party’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus. was terminated.

The OCA said on Tuesday that the new dates were chosen to avoid “conflicts with other major international sporting events”.

The Asian Games typically attract over 10,000 athletes from across the region.

China is the last major economy to commit to stamping out the domestic spread of the virus through strict lockdowns, mass testing and strict controls on international travel.


But it has hurt the country’s international sporting ambitions, with the world’s most populous country canceling or postponing almost all events since the start of the pandemic, except for this year’s Winter Olympics in Beijing.

The World University Games, which started in Chengdu in June and already delayed last year, have also been postponed again until 2023.

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