The Olympic Council of Asia is considering new dates for this year’s Asian Beach Games in Sanya, China, the OCA said on Saturday, following China’s decision to cancel all international sports in the country following the COVID-19 crisis. The sixth edition of the Games was scheduled from Nov. 28-Dec. 6 but China’s General Administration of Sport said on Friday the only international sports events allowed in the country this year would be trials for the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The OCA said it was in discussion with the beach games organisers and the Chinese Olympic Committee to reschedule the event.
“The three parties … are closely monitoring the situation on a daily basis and working together closely to adjust the dates, if required,” the OCA said in a statement.
“Once a decision has been made, OCA jointly with Chinese Olympic Committee and the Sanya Asian Beach Organising Committee will announce the new dates regarding the sixth Asian Beach Games.”
Sanya, located on the southern end of China’s Hainan Island, was to host the 6th edition of the Asian Beach Games since it was launched in Bali in 2008. More than 2,000 athletes from over 40 countries were set to compete in 19 sports, including 3×3 basketball, beach handball, dragon boat and teqball.
The decision to cancel the events affects at least six Women’s Tour Association (WTA) tennis events, including the WTA Finals in Shenzhen in November. Shanghai was also due to host two big golf events, the men’s HSBC Champions, a World Golf Championship event between October 29 and November 1
Xiamen was to host the Asian Sport Climbing Championships in October, and Guangzhou the badminton World Tour Finals between December 16 and 20. The Badminton World Federation has also sought more information from China before taking a call on the season-ending World Tour Finals scheduled in Guangzhou from Dec. 16-20.
“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) is aware of the directive announced by the General Administration of Sport of China regarding the restriction of international sports for the rest of 2020,” the sport’s international governing body said in a statement today.
“BWF is in close contact with its relevant partners including the Chinese Badminton Association to get more clarity on the situation and how this affects the BWF tournament calendar 2020.”