Martial arts games and displaced interiors
Thai athletes compete in the 2017 Asian Martial Arts and Indoor Games (Photo: RISATO ANDO)
The cabinet yesterday approved the postponement of the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games (AIMAG) due to the Covid-19 pandemic, deputy government spokeswoman Traisuree Taisaranakul said.
The sixth edition of the tournament, initially scheduled for Chon Buri and Bangkok this month, will now take place from March 10 to 19, 2022.
The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) earlier this year announced the postponement of the Games citing the global pandemic, travel restrictions and health protocols across the continent.
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports then asked the government to approve the decision which was approved by the cabinet at yesterday’s meeting.
Traisuree said the Ministry of Tourism and Sports had been asked to seek advice from the Ministry of Health on Covid-19 protocols to ensure the safety of all parties involved during the tournament.
The event is a fusion of the Asian Indoor Games and the Asian Martial Arts Games, both of which have proven to be unpopular.
Thailand hosted the first Asian Indoor Games in 2005 and the first – and only – Asian Martial Arts Games in 2009.
The previous AIMAG was held in Turkmenistan in 2017.
A total of 30 sports – 28 medals and two demonstration events – are expected to be on AIMAG’s program, the OCA confirmed last year.
Medal sports include dance, chess, futsal, Muay Thai, kickboxing, jujitsu, pencak silat, hoop takraw / sepak takraw, kurash, cheerleading, sambo and indoor rowing.
AIMAG is the latest major OCA event to be moved in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
The 2021 Asian Beach Games in China were postponed for the second time in December, with new dates yet to be confirmed by the OCA.