Asian Games in Hangzhou rescheduled for September 2023

The postponed 19th Asian Games in Hangzhou, China have been reset to September 23 to October 8, 2023, with the boxing tournament being seen as one of the most important competitions for the national federations in the calendar.

The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) confirmed the new dates on Tuesday and said it took them two months of discussions with the Chinese Olympic Committee, Hangzhou Asian Games Organizing Committee and other stakeholders to find “a window” that will not overlap with other major international sporting events.

With the restrictions implemented by various countries due to the emergence of new COVID-19 strains, the OCA executive board decided last May to postpone the Asian games which were originally scheduled on September 10 to 25 this year.

Hangzhou, which was awarded the hosting rights back in 2015, will be the third Chinese city to host the continental showpiece after Beijing in 1990 and Guangzhou in 2010.

Over 10,000 athletes and officials from 45 nations are expected to attend the Asian Games that will stake more than 480 gold medals across 40 sports including boxing.

Boxing has been part of Asia’s biggest multisport spectacle since the 1954 edition in Manila.

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