Many major sporting events canceled: Corona brings China to its knees

Many major sporting events have been canceled
Corona brings China to its knees

China groans under the corona pandemic: several international sporting events are canceled due to continuing problems in the fight against the virus. The country’s zero-Covid policy forces cities of millions into lockdown, World University, Asian Games and Diamond League competitions are not held.

Due to the corona pandemic, the organization of several international sporting events in China has been suspended. On Friday, the Asian Games and the World University Games scheduled for this year were canceled due to continuing problems in the fight against the virus. Dates for the Diamond League of track and field athletes and two international triathlon competitions have also been cancelled.

The prestigious Asian Games with around 10,000 active participants were scheduled to take place in Hangzhou, eastern China (September 10-25). From June 26 to July 7, the World University Games, better known by the former name of Universiade, which had already been postponed the previous year, were planned in Chengdu. The reason given in each case was uncertainty about the pandemic situation. According to the organizers, the two events should be rescheduled.

Diamond League competitions in Shanghai (July 30) and Shenzhen (August 6) have been canceled due to the country’s strict entry and quarantine requirements. The same goes for the World Triathlon Championship Series station in Chengdu (October 22/23) and the Triathlon World Cup in Weihai (September 24/25).

After the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Beijing at the end of February, China is finding it increasingly difficult to contain the corona virus. In recent weeks, media reports of the ongoing shutdowns of several megacities such as Shanghai have caused a stir around the world. The Middle Empire is pursuing a zero-Covid policy. The associated restrictions, especially on the entry of participants and visitors, were also clearly visible during the Olympic competitions in Beijing.

In Chengdu, the second attempt at the World Team Table Tennis Championships is scheduled for the last quarter of 2022. Chinese organizers also had to postpone the original date for the title fights in April shortly after the end of the Winter Games due to the problems related to the corona pandemic.

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