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China postpones hosting of the 2022 Asian Games

Thai Binh (TV reporter in China)Saturday, May 7, 2022 06:00 GMT+7

The decision to postpone was made after the Chinese Olympic Committee, the Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee and the Executive Board of the Olympic Council of Asia met to discuss details.

Previously, the 19th Asian Games was expected to take place in Hangzhou City from September 10 to 25, 2022. At a regular press conference, when international reporters asked why this big sporting event was postponed, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian declined to comment and asked reporters to contact the department. to be in charge of.

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Experts believe that the postponement of Asia’s largest sports event is mainly due to the outbreak of the disease in China, which is stronger than when the country hosted the Winter Olympics earlier this year. According to the Zero Covid policy, the Beijing Olympics is held in the form of a closed circle, which costs money and human resources, but most spectators are not allowed to watch the matches. This more or less affects the reputation and revenue of the host country.

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Hangzhou city, Zhejiang province is only 175 km from Shanghai – the current epicenter of China’s epidemic.

The Olympic Council of Asia emphasized that the Hangzhou Organizing Committee is well prepared to host the 19th Asian Games despite many global challenges. The specific time will be announced by the parties in the near future.

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