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Will India pull out of Asian Games?

Source: PTI
April 30, 2022 17:53 IST
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 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022.

IMAGE: The 19th Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou from September 10 to 25, 2022. Photograph: Twitter

Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Saturday said a call on India's participation at this year's Asian Games will be taken after receiving feedback from host nation China, which is striving to bring the outbreak of COVID-19 cases in Shanghai and Beijing under control.

Shanghai, the financial hub of the country, has been under a lockdown for a month now while more curbs have been introduced in Beijing which is on edge now.

 

Rumours are doing rounds that the Hangzhou Asian Games, scheduled to held from September 10 to 25, will be postponed due to the pandemic.

"What is the situation there (in China) and what the host nation is saying about the situation is important," Thakur said on the sidelines of an event here.

"All other participating nations are discussing and in sometime India will also take a decision but before that the host nation should make it clear what are they thinking and how much prepared they are," the minister added.

While several international sporting events were cancelled in China because of the pandemic, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics were held behind closed doors under strict COVID-19 guidelines.

The 2022 Asian Games is scheduled to be held in Hangzhou is less than 200 kilometres from Shanghai.

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