Beijing: The Asian Para Games, scheduled for October 9-15 in Hangzhou, China, have been postponed due to concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic, organizers announced on Tuesday.
“The Organizing Committee of the Asian Paralympics in Hangzhou 2022 (HAPGOC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) today announced the postponement of the Asian Paralympics of 2022, originally scheduled to take place October 9-15, 2022.” Asian Paralympic The committee reports this in a statement.
The decision, while inevitable, comes less than a fortnight after the Hangzhou Asian Games, scheduled to run from September 10 to 25, were indefinitely postponed on May 6 amid a spate of COVID-19 cases in China.
“A task force composed of the APC, the Chinese Paralympic Committee and HAPGOC will now work to reschedule the Games in 2023. Further announcement on this is expected in the near future,” the statement said.
The emblem, slogan and year of the Games remain unchanged.
During the tournament, more than 4,000 athletes would compete in 616 medal events across 22 sports.
“Preparations for the Games have gone very well and HAPGOC was poised to deliver excellent games,” said APC Chairman Majid Rashed.
“This was not an easy decision to make, but we have now taken it to give a level of assurance to the IFs, NPCs and athletes who were planning to attend the Games.
“We will now work with the organizing committee to secure a new date that works for the parasport calendar.”
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