Coronavirus situation closely monitored ahead of Nanjing Athletics Games
Share article:
Share article:

Coronavirus situation closely monitored ahead of Nanjing Athletics Games

© Belga

World Athletics says it is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation in China ahead of the World Athletics Indoor Championship in Nanjing from 13 to 15 March.

The international athletics organisation added in a press release that it was in close contact with the World Health Organisation (WHO). Should one of the opinions of the WHO affect plans for the indoor games, World Athletics will quickly inform all interested parties, the organisation explained.

Meanwhile, Belgians Eline Berings and Anne Zagré made the qualifying times for the games this week.

Nanjing is about 500 km from Wuhan, the epicentre of the Coronavirus epidemic, which has claimed 80 lives so far, according to the latest official figures.

The outbreak of the virus has prompted many sporting federations to change their plans. The Olympic qualifiers for women’s basketball, women’s football and boxing have been switched to alternative locations in Serbia, Australia and Jordan respectively. The venue of the Fed Cup tennis tournament has been moved to Kazakhstan, while the Hainan cycling tour has been postponed.


The Brussels Times

Latest news

Why Belgium is regulating sex work
After decades of confusing rules and hypocritical policy, Belgium is finally regulating sex work by removing prostitution from the criminal law. ...
Up to 100 km/h winds expected across Belgium on Wednesday night
Gusts of up to 100 km/h are expected across Belgium on Wednesday night, according to the Royal Meteorological Institute (RMI), which has issued a ...
Cycling traffic officially added to VRT’s traffic bulletin
Usually a list of updates for drivers on busy roads, traffic bulletins will now include the latest travel news for cyclists in Belgium, VRT announced ...
MEPs call for European strategy to protect workers from asbestos
Members of the European Parliament are calling on the Commission to create a strategy for removing all abestos from buildings in order to reduce the ...
Mandatory vaccine for carers: employers call for sanctions
In a notice submitted by the National Council for Work (CNT), employers have called for heavy penalties for healthcare workers who refuse to receive ...
Police pension protest blocks several Brussels crossroads
On Wednesday, around 350 police officers expressed their dissatisfaction about the unclear pension scheme, low salaries and politicised police unions ...
Belgium in Brief: A Consultative Committee Sequel
Sequels often have a lot to live up to and when it comes to movie franchises, it gets difficult to keep up the hype once you get towards the final ...
25 years ago today: 300,000 people marched in white against child abuse
On this day 25 years ago, over 300,000 people marched in Brussels to demand a more effective justice system and to support the families of Julie, ...
Windy weather forecast should lower gas prices
After weeks of relatively calm conditions, a return to windy weather should lower Europe's soaring energy prices. Wind turbines in the UK and Germany ...
EC calls on candidate countries to focus on fundamental reforms before they can join the EU
The European Commission adopted yesterday its 2021 Enlargement Package, providing a detailed assessment of the state of play and the progress made by ...
Cigarette-eating robot patrols Ghent streets to fight littering
A litter fighting (and eating) robot will be patrolling the streets of Ghent in the coming weeks in an effort to raise awareness of the growing ...
Display of child’s room in Brussels raises awareness of foster families
An exhibit that features a fictitious child’s bedroom has been on display since Tuesday at the Place d'Armes in Namur, with the support of the ...