Kuwait's Hussein al-Musallam, director general of the Asian Olympic Council, has indicated that the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, China, will be postponed for a year. Al-Musallam indicated that the decision could be made because of the renewed threat of the corona virus in China.
He said the committee has not yet taken any formal decision in this regard. But the games are likely to be postponed for a year now.
Almost all international events scheduled in China have been canceled since the Corona epidemic began. The Winter Olympics were held in Beijing in February amid tight bio-safety zones.
Shanghai, one of the largest cities in China, is currently the worst hit city in the last two years. Strict restrictions have been in place for almost a week now. About 25 million people have been ordered to stay in their homes.
Almost all the venues of the 57 sports for the Asian Games have already been fully prepared. The Chinese organizing committee said earlier this month that it had learned from the experience of the Winter Olympics that it had taken all possible measures to control the virus.
Lu Chunjiang, chief executive of the Hangzhou Olympic Sports Center, said all facilities are now in the final stages of preparation.