Coronavirus effect: two Asian squash tournaments postponed

CHENNAI: Two squash events: the Asian Team Championship in Malaysia and the Junior Asian Individual Championships in China: have been postponed due to coronavirus outbreak.

The Asian Team Championship was scheduled to be held in Kuala Lumpur from March 25 to 29, while the Individual Junior Asian Championship would be organized in Quingdao, China, from June 29 to July 3.

The decision was taken at the Annual General Assembly of the Asian Squash Federation .

The ASF said the new dates for both events will be announced later.

"In view of current situation of COVID-19 across the globe and recent assessment of World Health Organisation on the risk of spread and impact of coronavirus as very high at global level, the ASF EXCO, having discussed with hosting nations, decided to postpone the 20th Asian Team Championships, the 40th ASF's AGM as well as the 27th Junior Asian Individual Championships to prevent the risk of spread," the ASF said.

When new event dates are confirmed, we will inform all members immediately, ASF administrative manager Jane Li said in a statement.

The two tournaments are the latest sporting event to be hit by the deadly coronavirus, which has claimed more than 3,000 lives and infected 89,000 people across the world.

Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, Asian boxing qualifiers, World Table Tennis Championship to be held in South Korea from March 22-29 March, Singapore and Hong Kong events in the World Rugby Sevens Series are some of the global sporting events which have been postponed or shifted due to the coronavirus outbreak.

The Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament, which was scheduled to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from April 11 to 18, has also been affected by the novel coronavirus outbreak as it has been rescheduled to September 24 to October 3.