Following detailed discussions with all parties concerned regarding the new wave of Covid19 appearing in China, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) Executive Board decided to postpone the 19th Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou from 10 to 25 September 2022.
The name and the emblem of the Games will remain unchanged. The new dates for the Games will be announced after further discussions between the OCA, the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and HAGOC. LIVE now: Grand Chess Tour Romania 2022 LIVE / TePe Sigeman & Co Chess Tournament 2022 / Mitropa Chess Cup 2022 LIVE
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Since winning the bid to host the 19th Asian Games, Zhejiang province has been making preparations for the Games, with help from, and under the guidance of, the OCA and the COC. With support from both organisations, Zheijang province will continue preparations despite the challenges with Covid19 in all respects, remaining confident that the Hangzhou Asian Games postponed will be a success.