The outbreak of coronavirus forced the Bangladesh Archery Federation on Tuesday to postpone the fourth ISSF International Solidarity World Ranking Archery Championship, scheduled in Tongi on the outskirts of Dhaka from February 23-27.
Bangladesh Archery Federation general secretary Kazi Rajib Uddin Ahmed said they were forced to postpone the event as at least 12 out of 33 participating countries withdrew their names citing the outbreak in China.
The countries that refused to send their archers include Azerbaijan, Georgia, Iraq, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Sri Lanka, Turkmenistan, Taiwan and Bhutan.
‘We have tried to convince them that Bangladesh is free from the virus with no avail. So we had to postpone the event,’ he said.
The death toll by coronavirus hits 1,868 in mainland China while more than 72,300 people have now been infected there and 900 cases recorded around the world, according to World Health Organization.
Bangladesh tested samples from 74 people in different hospitals from China but none tested positive, said Institute of Epidemiology Disease Control and Research in Dhaka.
Bangladesh are hosting the archery event in Dhaka since its inception in 2017.
Rajib said they will reschedule the championship on a later date.
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