Following the development of the coronavirus situation in India, it is with regret that we need to inform you of the postponement of the 2021 IAU 100 km Asia & Oceania Championships that was planned for 5th September in Bengaluru, India. It is proposed to move the Championships to the next slot for the continental championships with the same date in 2023.
The country is in a state of lockdown due to the pandemic and high number of cases now. The current situation would have seriously compromised the championships and put athletes and team management at risk. In addition, there are still countries restricting international travel, returning to quarantine and other safety measures. It is expected that situation would improve but we believe this is the right decision considering time constraints.
The IAU and the LOC were unanimous in that the championships could not be held in this situation, as we are ever mindful that first and foremost, we had to consider the health and well-being of our athletes, officials and spectators in making this decision.