Dear Media Friends,
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) has informed the NOCs that after detailed discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee (COC) and the Hangzhou Asian Games Organising Committee (HAGOC), the OCA Executive Board (EB) today decided to POSTPONE the 19th Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, from 10 to 25 September 2022 considering the pandemic situation and the size of the Games. The new dates of the 19th Asian Games will be agreed between the OCA, the COC and the HAGOC and announced in the near future.
Additionally, the OCA EB also studied the situation of the 3rd Asian Youth Games, which was scheduled on 20-28 December this year in Shantou, China. After discussion with the COC and the Organising Committee, the OCA EB decided that as the Asian Youth Games had already been postponed once, the Asian Youth Games Shantou 2021 will be CANCELLED. The next Asian Youth Games will therefore be held in 2025 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The OCA Press Release dated 6th May 2022 is also forwarded for information.
Muhammad Khalid Mahmood
Pakistan Olympic Association