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World University Games in China postponed until 2022

Published:Saturday | April 3, 2021 | 12:06 AM
Team captain Chad Wright (right) carries the Jamaica Flag at the opening ceremony of the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, on Saturday, July 4, 2015.
Team captain Chad Wright (right) carries the Jamaica Flag at the opening ceremony of the World University Games in Gwangju, Korea, on Saturday, July 4, 2015.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP):

The World University Games that were due to open in China in just over four months have been postponed until next year, the governing body the FISU said on Friday.

The Switzerland-based FISU said COVID-19 and travel restrictions prompted the postponement, adding the decision was made jointly with officials in China.

The multi-sport event, which features about 8,000 athletes, was to have opened in Chengdu in western China on August 18, just days after the closing of the Tokyo Olympics. A rescheduled date has not been announced.

The country has two other large multi-sport events coming up. The Winter Olympics open on February 4, 2022 in Beijing, and the Asian Games, which feature more sports than the Olympics, are set for Hangzhou from September 10, 2022.

China has become the go-to nation for many of these mega-events because it pays the costs, builds venues quickly, and does not need voter approval, which is common in many European countries.