OCA 'hopes' to host Asian Beach Games in the Chinese city of Sanya in November

NEW DELHI: The Asia Olympic Council on Tuesday he said he was still optimistic about hosting the sixth Asian beach games in the Chinese city of Sanya in November, even though that country still reports COVID-19 cases.

the GOOSE said it has received encouraging words from the organising committee of the Asian beach games set to take place from November 28 to December 6 this year, where 45 member countries are expected to participate in 17 sports.

This was after Sanya Vice Mayor Zhou Jun informed the GOOSE that the resort city in tropical Hainan province has not registered any new COVID-19 cases for over two months.

" the GOOSE has been in regular contact with the organising committee and Chinese Olympic Committee over the past three months and we have been very impressed with how the authorities have handled the COVID-19 outbreak in Sanya and Hainan province," GOOSE Director General Husain Al-Musallam said in a statement.

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"We remain hopeful that our Asian beach games can go ahead as planned in seven months' time. We will continue to monitor the situation with the organising committee, the Chinese Olympic Committee and with all our National Olympic Committees in the five zones of Asia."

Al-Musallam said there is still a long way to go with respect to controlling and preventing the spread of COVID-19 around Asia because the health, safety and well-being of our athletes is the most important factor.

In a letter to the GOOSE , Sanya Vice Mayor Zhou Jun, who is also Deputy Secretary-General of organising committee, said, "Since February 12, 2020, no new cases of confirmed infections have been reported in Sanya for 62 consecutive days, and the last confirmed patient was cured and discharged from hospital on March 8.

A partir de las 24:00 del 13 de abril, Hainan informó un total de 29 casos asintomáticos, incluidos 18 casos en Sanya. Un total de 22 casos fueron liberados de la cuarentena, mientras que siete casos aún están bajo observación médica. Entre the 29 pacientes asintomáticos, siete casos fueron importados del extranjero .

the Chinese official said the organising committee was "speeding up the preparation in an orderly manner, hoping to bring everyone a trendy, green, fantastic and magnificent Asian beach games ".

the COVID-19 pandemic originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan. Though the dreaded disease has been contained in the country it has wreaked havoc across the globe, registering more than 1 lakh deaths so far.

China is still reporting COVID-19 cases with more than 1,000 cases are still active.

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