The Asian Games, originally slated to be held in Hangzhou in China in September, have reportedly been postponed indefinitely.
The Asian Games was to be held from September 10 to 25.
According to the Chinese state media CCTV, the Olympic Council of Asia(OCA) announced the delay of the sporting event in a statement on Friday.
It said the new dates for the event will be announced at a later date.
Hangzhou is a city located close to Shanghai. A lockdown has been announced in Shanghai now as part of a crackdown on the Covid virus in the country. The lockdown was implemented in all areas.
Organisers said last month that Hangzhou, a city of 12 million in eastern China, had finished constructing some 56 competition venues for the Asian Games and Asian Para Games.
At the time, they indicated that they planned to hold the events under a virus control plan that “learns from the successful experience" of the Beijing Winter Olympics, which were held in February in a strict Covid-secure bubble.