The World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled for the Chinese city of Nanjing in March, have been postponed until 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus epidemic, officials said.
“It is with regret that we have agreed with the organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing (13-15 March 2020) to postpone the event to March 2021,” the sport’s governing body said in a statement.
Asian Indoor Athletics
Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in China cancelled 2021 Corona Virus
World Indoors moved to 2021
Jan 30, 2020
The World Indoor Athletic Championships has now been moved to 2021 with the organizers choosing for it to eventually go back to Nanjing.
“The advice from our medical team, who are in contact with the World Health Organisation, is that the spread of the coronavirus, both within China and outside the country, is still at a concerning level and no one should be going ahead with any major gathering that can be postponed.”
6,000 cases in China with 132 Fatalities.
The virus has spread from the epicenter of Wuhan to more than 15 countries, with about 60 cases in Asia, Europe, North America, and, most recently, the Middle East.
World Athletics said they had considered the possibility of relocating the event to another country but “given concerns still exist regarding the spread of the virus outside China, we have decided not to go with this option, as it may lead to further postponement at a later date”.
Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in China moved to 2021 due to Corona Virus
Jan 30, 2020
Asian Indoor Athletics Championships in China cancelled due to Corona Virus
Jan 30, 2020
Will coronavirus lead to cancellation of the World Indoor Championships? 3 Competitions cancelled so far
Jan 30, 2020
The rapidly spreading coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China. At least three major competitions being cancelled or postponed. And the World Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place in Nanjing from March 13 to 15, could be next,
The Standard Chartered Hong Kong Marathon, scheduled to take place on February 8 and 9, has been cancelled and the 70,000 entrants will receive refunds. The race traditionally attracts a strong and deep elite field due to its generous prize of US$65,000 for the male and female winners and $12,000 for course record-breakers.
Yesterday the Asian Athletics Association announced it was cancelling the Asian Indoor Championships, scheduled to take place in Hangzhou. 600 kilometres from Wuhan, the centre of the outbreak on February 12 and 13.
2020 – PATAFA eyes squad of 10 to Asian Indoor Athletics
Dec 28, 2019
**UPDATE NO ATHLETES SENT AS ASIAN INDOORS CANCELLED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS
Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association or PATAFA is sending ten of its track and field players in the Asian Athletics Indoor Championships in Huangzhou, China February 12 & 13 2020.
Athletes who perform well in the Asian Indoor Championships and meet the world qualifying standard in their respective event can compete in the 18th World Athletics Indoor Championships in China on March 13-15.
As per the entry standards above the IAAF (now World Athletics) has removed several events from the Indoor program over the last few years. Which leaves a limited selection of events indoors.
So far, pole vaulter Ernest John EJ Obiena is the lone qualifier in the world Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China. As he meets the 5.70 Meter Pole Vault Qualifying standard to compete in the meet.
EJ Obiena is back training in Italy preparing for the Tokyo Olympic Games on July 24-August 9.
Qualification Period: May 1st 2019 – June 29th 2020 (Jan 2019-May 2020 for Marathon/50km RW)
Correction on ‘Universality rule’ quoted.
“NOCS may enter 1 athlete, male or female of regardless of time if they have no athletes meeting the entry standard.”
The qualifying ways are by
1. beating the qualifying standard in the allotted time period