MOSCOW, August 28. /TASS/. The 2020 European Weightlifting Championship in Moscow has been moved to 2021, First Vice President of the European Weightlifting Federation (EWF) Sergei Syrtsov told TASS on Friday.
The International Weightlifting Federation announced in March that the tournament, which was initially scheduled for April 4-12, was tentatively rescheduled for June 13-21 in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. However, Syrtsov told TASS in late April that the championship could only be held in the Russian capital between October 28 and November 8 instead of June.
"The 2020 European Weightlifting Championships was rescheduled for 2021 and Moscow preserved the right of hosting this tournament," Syrtsov told TASS on Friday adding that the final dates of the rescheduled championship would be officially announced later.
The official also said that "the elections of the EWF executive management were also postponed until 2021 and the decision on this issue had been made following the vote of the EWF Executive Committee members."
In late December 2019, Chinese officials informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about the outbreak of a previously unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan, in central China. Since then, cases of the novel coronavirus - named COVID-19 by the WHO - have been reported in every corner of the globe, including Russia.
On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, over 24,658,850 people have been infected worldwide and more than 836,300 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 17,116,200 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.
To date, 980,405 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 798,466 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 16,914 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.