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The organisers of the World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China, from 13-15 March 2020, have decided to postpone the event to March 2021 due to the Coronavirus.
The advice from World Athletics’ medical team, who are in contact with the World Health Organisation, is that the spread of the Coronavirus both within China and outside the country is still at a concerning level and that the Championships should not be going ahead.
World Athletics considered the possibility of relocating the event to another country, but given the concerns that still exist regarding the spread of the virus outside China, the organisation has decided not to go with this option, as it may lead to further postponement at a later date.
The sport’s governing body has chosen not to cancel the championships and has stated it will now work with athletes, partners and the Nanjing organising committee to secure a date in 2021 to stage this event.