China Says No To International Sports For the Rest of 2020By Letizia L
The government of Beijing, through the general administration of sports, has announced that from now on there will no longer be any international sporting event taking place in the Country that first had to deal with COVID-19.
A predictable decision, probably, because the Chinese government is trying to keep every possible outbreak under control, and in Beijing, many checks are being carried out to isolate new cases as soon as possible. Getting together several athletes from all over the world would represent an enormous risk, especially for Wuhan, the city where it all began and which was closed with almost draconian measures for about three months.
In Wuhan, at the beginning of October, a WTA Premier 5 was scheduled, which, according to Associated Press reports, will now be canceled like all the other scheduled tennis events. The only sports activities that will continue and involve athletes from different foreign countries will be the trials for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics.
The WTA, according to the confirmed rumors, will lose 6 tournaments currently on the provisional calendar.
Other sporting events that will not take place are the Finals of Shenzhen, in addition to the Internationals of Nanchang and Guangzhou, the Premier of Zhengzhou, and the Zhuhai Elite Trophy. The ATP instead sees the Masters 1000 in Shanghai, the 500 in Beijing, and the 250 in Chengdou and Zhuhai vanish.
A sad moment for all international sports event and related fans in China!