The Philippines will no longer be preparing for two international meets this year.
Organizers of the sixth Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games and the Asian Beach Games have cancelled the staging of the two events due to continuing concerns on the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
They have informed the Philippine Olympic Committee of the status of the Pan-Asian multi-sport event on indoor and martial arts sports, and this was discussed during yesterday’s executive board meeting of the POC.
The AIMAG was supposed to be held from May 21 to 30 in the Thai capital city, Bangkok and the province of Chonburi.
The execom also met on the status of the Asian Beach Games in the Chinese city of Sanya.
It was the second time that the Asian Beach Games has been scrubbed, after the April 2020 schedule was also scratched.
The event in Thailand is supposed to be the first Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games, co-hosted by two cities/provinces.
If it pushed through, it could have been the first edition to include badminton, BMX cycling, cheerleading, floorball, indoor rowing, netball, shooting and volleyball.
Meanwhile, more than 2,000 athletes from more than 40 countries were expected to show up in Sanya.