The Asian Para Games scheduled for October 9-15 this year in Hangzhou, China will not take place due to fears over COVID-19.
Last week the Asian Games also in Hangzhou, China were also delayed over COVID-19 fears. No new date for either the Asian Games or Asian Para Games has been announced.
“This was not an easy decision to make,” said Asian Para Games President Majid Rashed in a statement. “The preparations have been going very well and Hangzhou was ready to deliver an outstanding Games.”
China has seen a sudden rise in COVID-19 cases the past few months, with several major cities being placed in lockdown. The head of the World Health Organization has been critical of China’s zero-tolerance COVID-19 policy, calling the policy “not sustainable given what is known of the disease.”
The Asian Para Games were to feature more than 3,000 athletes taking part in 22 sports.