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BEIJING (Reuters) – The Asian Games due to take place in Hangzhou in September have been postponed indefinitely, organizers said on Friday, as China battles a resurgence in Covid cases.
No reason was given for the delay, but China is racing to extinguish its biggest Covid-19 outbreak since the early days of the pandemic.
“The Olympic Council of Asia has announced that the 19th Asian Games, originally scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 10 to 25, 2022, will be postponed,” said a statement on the Games’ official website, first published on the Chinese state. media.
The new dates for the sports competition “will be announced later”, the statement added.
The host city of Hangzhou is near the country’s largest city, Shanghai, which has undergone a week-long lockdown as part of the ruling Communist Party’s zero-tolerance approach to the virus.
Organizers said last month that Hangzhou, a city of 12 million people in eastern China, had completed construction of some 56 competition venues for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
At the time, they said they planned to stage the events as part of a virus-fighting plan that “learns from the successful experience” of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which took place held in February in a Covid-secured bubble.



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