The World Athletics Indoor Championships, scheduled to be held in Nanjing from March 17-19 in 2023, have been postponed as a result of ongoing pandemic situations in China, governing physique World Athletics stated on Thursday.
China reported 2,057 new COVID-19 circumstances for Aug. 31, the Nationwide Well being Fee stated on Thursday.
Nanjing was initially chosen to host the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had been first postponed till March 2021, after which to March 2023, because the pandemic continued.
World Athletics stated the choice to postpone the 2023 occasion was taken with the settlement of each the Nanjing organising committee and the Chinese language Athletics Affiliation (CAA).
“We’re disenchanted that we’ve got needed to postpone this occasion once more resulting from circumstances past our management, however we’ve got achieved so to present certainty to athletes and member federations getting ready for the 2023 competitors season,” stated World Athletics President Sebastian Coe.
“Sadly, the timeframe will stop us from relocating the 2023 occasion, however the indoor championships will return in 2024 in Glasgow.
“We have now provided Nanjing the 2025 version as a result of we’re aware of the substantial preparations the LOC (native organising committee) has already achieved to host the occasion and we wish to keep away from potential monetary losses for all events.”
The bid course of for the 2026 championships has additionally commenced.