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Asian Games Postponed Because Of Covid-19

The Asian Games in China have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, says the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).

The event was scheduled to take place between 10 and 25 September in Hangzhou.

A statement from the OCA said that “new dates of the 19th Asian Games will be agreed … in the near future”.

The Asian Youth Games, which were scheduled to take place in Shantou, China in December, have been cancelled.

Hangzhou is about 175km from Shanghai where restrictions are in place as authorities try to curb Covid-19 cases, which began spiking again in March.

“HAGOC (Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee) has been very well prepared to deliver the Games on time despite global challenges,” said the OCA.

“However, the above decision was taken by all the stakeholders after carefully considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games.”

China held the Winter Olympics in February and the Paralympics in March under strict coronavirus restrictions in Beijing.

Meanwhile, It’s taken more than a month, but Shanghai’s leaders now think the city’s Covid outbreak is almost contained.

So they’ve ordered a mass clean-up – an army of people disinfecting thousands of compounds and residential areas aiming to eradicate the virus.

Then China’s financial capital will open up, but it will be gradual, tentative, cautious.

The brutal “war” against Omicron has left a scarred city. People as old as 100 were among those who tested positive and were taken to quarantine centres. There were very few exceptions.

In the five weeks that I’ve been locked down, unable to go any further than the gate at the end of my compound, it’s Shanghai’s most vulnerable who’ve suffered the most.

One man called Wu who was quarantined documented what he saw on Douyin (known as TikTok outside of China). “We don’t have enough medical resources now, they can’t be treated in hospital like in normal days,” he said.

BBC Sports

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