Asian Games from 23 September 2023

Beijing: The postponed Asian Games will be held from September 23 to October 8, 2023 in Hangzhou, the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) announced on Tuesday (July 19). The 19th edition of the Games were originally slated to be held from September 10 to 25, 2022, but were suspended on May 6 after a spike in COVID-19 cases in China.

“The Task Force over the last two months held various discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee, Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC) and other stakeholders to find a window for the Games which did not conflict with other major international sporting events,” the OCA said in a statement. “The recommended dates by the Task Force were duly approved by the OCA EB,” the statement added. The COC said, “We will make concerted efforts with the OCA and the HAGOC in advancing preparatory work to ensure the Games a success.”

“The HAGOC will collaborate with all related parties in preparation for the Games in an all-round manner according to the confirmed dates to stage a spectacular sporting and cultural gala with Chinese Grandeur, Zhejiang Style and Hangzhou Flavor,” state-run Xinhua agency quoted a statement, issued by the organisers as saying.

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