Travel restrictions over a coronavirus outbreak in China have forced Bangladesh to postpone an international archery competition scheduled to be held in the last week of February.
Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed Chapol, the general secretary of the Bangladesh Archery Federation, confirmed the information on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com.
“Many countries have refused to send their archers due to coronavirus scare. So, we are postponing the tournament for now,” he said.
The federation will sit to fix a new schedule of the tournament, he added.
The ISSF International Solidarity Championships was slated for Feb 23-28. Bangladesh was scheduled to hold the world ranking event for the fourth consecutive year.
World Archery, the game’s governing body, said in a report that a number of teams withdrew due to travel restrictions and ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak.
“This meant the event was no longer feasible,” it added.
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