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The 2022 World Half Marathon Championships that were scheduled to run in Yangzhou, China have been cancelled. World Athletics announced Tuesday that the event has been cancelled due to the COVID fallout.

In a statement released Tuesday, the global athletics body said that following extensive discussions with the local organising committee (LOC) and the Chinese Athletics Association, it has been mutually agreed that the championships cannot be held in Yangzhou this year.

The event had earlier been scheduled for March 27 this year, before it was pushed to November 13.

After lengthy discussions between the Chinese Athletics Association and World Athletics the organizing committee was awarded the 2027 World Road Running Championships.

“Unfortunately, the championships can’t be held this year, through no fault of the LOC, but our endurance athletes will have the opportunity to compete in Riga next year,” Coe said.

“The Council’s decision to award another event to Yangzhou in 2027 indicates its faith in the organising committee and willingness to return and stage a World Athletics Series road running event there at the first available opportunity.”

The first Road Running Championships is scheduled to be held in the Latvian capital of Riga from Sept. 30 to Oct 1, 2023.