2022 Diamond League Shanghai, Shenzhen meetings canceled

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A view of the women’s 5000m final at the Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland, September 8, 2021. /CFP

A view of the women’s 5000m final at the Diamond League in Zurich, Switzerland, September 8, 2021. /CFP

The Shanghai and Shenzhen meetings of the Diamond League, originally scheduled for July 30 and August 6, were canceled on Friday according to the World Athletics Championships.

The two Chinese fixtures joined a list of recently postponed or canceled major sporting events, including the Asian Games Hangzhou 2022, the FISU World University Games Chengdu 2021 and the third Asian Youth Games.

The ten remaining meetings of the 2022 season will be held as planned. To ensure athletes have enough opportunities to earn their place in the year-end final, the Kamila Skolimowska memorial in Poland has been designated as a substitute match to fill the void on August 6.

Chinese star sprinters Su Bingtian and Xie Zhenye are among the athletes who would not show up at home this time around.

Established in 2010, the Diamond League will begin its 13th edition on May 13 in Doha, Qatar, and conclude with a two-day final on September 7 and 8 in Zurich, Switzerland.

(With input from Xinhua News Agency)

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