The world half marathon championships scheduled to take place in Yangzhou, China on March 27, 2022, have been postponed by eight months, due to the ongoing pandemic.
The event has been postponed to November 13, 2022 in Yangzhou. The news adds to a list of major sporting events that have been canceled or postponed in Asia over the next six months. The Chinese government has imposed a zero COVID policy to reduce the number of cases before the start of the 2022 Winter Olympics which will be held in Beijing in February. Recent cancellations include two marathons in the major cities of Beijing and Wuhan.
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The previous half marathon world championships were held in Gdynia, Poland, in October 2020. Many countries have chosen not to send athletes to this competition amid the pandemic. Athletics Canada, for example, did not send a team. The United States, Australia, Japan and New Zealand have also chosen not to send athletes.
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The news comes days after the World Mountain and Trail Running Championships were postponed from the original date of February 11, 2022. They have now been pushed back to November 2022. This event will be held in Chang Mai, Thailand. The Canadian team was selected last weekend at the Canadian Mountain Vertical Running Championships in Quebec.