Majid Rashed, APC President, says we will now work with the organising committee on securing a new date for Asian Para Games that works for the para-sport calendar.
The Asian Para Games, which were set to take place in Hangzhou, China from Oct.9 to Oct.15, have been postponed owing to worries over the COVID-19 epidemic, organisers announced on Tuesday.
The announcement follows the decision taken by the Olympic Council of Asia and the HAGOC, the games organising committee, to postpone the Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games due to the size of the Games and the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Hangzhou 2022 Asian Para Games organising committee (HAPGOC) and the Asian Paralympic Committee (APC) today announced the postponement of the 2022 Asian Para Games, originally scheduled to take place from 9-15 October 2022,” Asian Paralympic Committee said in a statement.
“A task force comprising of the APC, the Chinese Paralympic Committee and HAPGOC will now work on rescheduling the Games to take place in 2023. A further announcement on this is expected in the near future,” the statement said.
The emblem, slogan and year of the Games will remain unchanged.
More than 4,000 athletes were expected to compete in 616 medal events in 22 sports during the tournament.
“The Games preparations have been going very well and HAPGOC was ready to deliver outstanding games,” APC President Majid Rashed said.
“This was not an easy decision to make but we have taken it now to give a level of certainty to the IFs, NPCs and athletes who were planning to attend the Games.
We will now work with the organising committee on securing a new date that works for the para-sport calendar.”
The meeting, held via video-teleconference due to the Coronavirus pandemic, had the presence of officials from the China Disabled Persons’ Federation, the Hangzhou Municipal Government, the Zhejiang Provincial Sports Bureau and GASC.
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