Sunday March 15th, 2020
The IAAF World Indoor Athletics Championships is being held in Nanjing in China, the first time this emerging nation has hosted the world´s major indoor athletics championships.
The brand New Cube Arena is a multi-porpose venue and has a very limited capacity of just 3,000 seats which in a city with a population of 8.5 million means tickets will be at a premium.
Governing body, World Athletics, has agreed with organisers to postpone the 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships in Nanjing, China because of the 2019-nCoV outranking the country.
The event which was scheduled to run from March 13 to 15 this year will be postponed to March 2021.
World Athletics, via a statement issued a while ago, said the decision was made based on advice from its medical team which is in contact with the World Health Organization (WHO).
The team counseled that the spread of the virus both within and outside China was still at a concerning level and no one should be going ahead with any major gathering that could be postponed.
“We know that China is doing all it can to contain the new coronavirus and we support them in all their efforts, but it is necessary to provide our athletes, member federations and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances.
“We have considered the possibility of relocating the event to another country and would like to thank the cities that have volunteered to host the championships.