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The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Centre Stadium was expected to be main venue for the 19th Asian Games. Photo: AFP

Coronavirus: Asian Para Games postponed to 2023 because of Covid-19 situation in China

  • Multi-sport event was always likely to be postponed after delay to Asian Games and World University Games
  • China has been battling an outbreak of the virus and Shanghai has been in total lock down for the past seven weeks

The 2022 Asian Para Games scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Hangzhou have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) and the Games’ organising committee (HAPGOC) said on Tuesday.

A task force formed by the two committees and the Chinese Paralympic Committee will work on rescheduling the Games – originally set for October 9 to 15 – for next year.

The announcement follows the postponement of the Asian Games to 2023 earlier this month because of the pandemic. The Games were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou in September.


Shanghai plans to start lifting months-long lockdown in June

Shanghai plans to start lifting months-long lockdown in June

“The Games preparations have been going very well and HAPGOC was ready to deliver outstanding games. This was not an easy decision to make,” they said in a statement.

“We will now work with the organising committee on securing a new date that works for the para-sport calendar.”

Shanghai, China’s most populous city of 25 million people, has been under a lockdown that is now in its seventh week but is reopening in stages with plans to lift restrictions next month.

The World University Games, scheduled for next month in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, was also postponed to next year, while China also withdrew from hosting the AFC Asian Cup next summer.