MELBOURNE: Australia will not be taking over a proposal to ship athletes to the Asian Games for the primary time this yr as not one of the invited sports activities federations expressed an curiosity in going to Hangzhou, the Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) mentioned on Tuesday (Apr 26).
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) had invited a quota of round 300 athletes and 150 assist workers from Oceania nations, together with Australia and New Zealand, to compete on the Sep 10-25 Games within the japanese Chinese metropolis.
“We don’t have any athletes going,” an AOC spokesman advised Reuters on Tuesday.
A New Zealand Olympic Committee spokeswoman additionally confirmed the nation would not take part within the Games.
The AOC’s outgoing president John Coates, an IOC Vice President and one of many world’s most influential sports activities directors, had lengthy pushed for Australia’s athletes to be included within the Asian Games to expose them to stiffer competitors.
The quadrennial Asian Games are second in measurement solely to the Summer Olympics.
The Hangzhou Games have been beneath a cloud since an outbreak of COVID-19 in Shanghai, about 175km northwest of the town.
A media report final week quoted the OCA’s director-general as saying there was a risk the Games can be postponed due to the COVID-19 state of affairs.
Most worldwide sporting occasions in China have been postponed or cancelled for the reason that begin of the pandemic, with the notable exception of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which went forward beneath strict controls in February.
Source : channelnewsasia.com