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2022 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships in Yangzhou canceled

Runners compete during the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in Valencia, Spain on March 24, 2018. (Xinhua/Guo Qiuda)

NANJING, July 5 (Xinhua) -- The World Athletics Council has decided to cancel the 2022 World Athletics Half Marathon Championships, scheduled to be held in the eastern Chinese city of Yangzhou in November, due to the pandemic.

The event, originally scheduled to take place in Yangzhou in March, had been postponed to November. However, the World Athletics Council, the Chinese Athletics Association and local organizing committee have now agreed to cancel the event.

Meanwhile, the World Athletics Council decided to grant the World Athletics Road Running Championships to Yangzhou for March 2027.

This new event will debut in 2023 and take place every two years, encompassing the Half Marathon Championships and 5km races. In addition to elite championships, World Athletics plans to include mass events in its program. ■