Weightlifting news - Asian Weightlifing Championships moved to Uzbekistan due to coronavirus
The International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) is relocating the Asian Championships scheduled to take place in Kazakhstan to neighbouring Uzbekistan because of the coronavirus epidemic, it said on Monday.
Suping Meng of China competes in the women's +75kg weight class during the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championships at the George R. Brown Convention Center on November 28, 2015 in Houston, Texas
The Weightlifting Championships join a long list of sporting events that have been cancelled or postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak in China, which has killed more than 1,700 people.
The IWF said Kazakhstan had restricted travel to and from countries neighbouring China, forcing organisers to seek other options, and they had settled on Uzbekistan which will now host the April 16-25 competition in the capital Tashkent.
Other sporting events affected by the outbreak include the World Athletics Indoor Championships, which had originally been scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Nanjing in March. They have been postponed until next year.
The Asian Athletics Association also cancelled its indoor championships that were due to take place in the Chinese city of Hangzhou this month.