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World Athletics champs in China postponed due to coronavirus

The World Indoor Athletics Championships, scheduled to take place in Nanjing, China in March, have been postponed until 2021 over fears related to the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

World Athletics, the sport’s governing body, had been monitoring the situation ahead of the March 13-15 event and has decided to move it to next year as a precaution.

The event in Nanjing has been postponed until 2021.

The event in Nanjing has been postponed until 2021.Credit:Getty Images

In a statement, World Athletics 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.

“We know that China is doing all it can to contain the new coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts but it is necessary to provide our athletes, member federations and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances.”

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