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Earlier postponed Games of CIS Countries to be hosted by Kazan in September 2021

The inaugural edition of the 2020 Games of the CIS Countries was initially scheduled to be hosted by Kazan on August 20-27 and envisaged competitions in 22 sports for athletes between the age of 14 and 23 contesting 280 sets of medals

MOSCOW, November 27. /TASS/. The Games of the CIS (the Commonwealth of Independent States) Countries in Russia’s Kazan, which were earlier postponed for one year due to the novel coronavirus, will be held on September 4-11, 2021, the press service of the Russian Sports Ministry announced on Friday.

According to the press office, the new dates of the Games of the CIS Countries have been confirmed earlier in the day during an on-line conference of the CIS Council on the Physical Culture and Sport.

The inaugural edition of the 2020 Games of the CIS Countries was initially scheduled to be hosted by Kazan on August 20-27 and envisaged competitions in 22 sports for athletes between the age of 14 and 23 contesting 280 sets of medals.

However, due to the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus, a decision was made earlier in the year to move the 2020 Games of the CIS Countries for September 4-11 and then to postpone the competitions again until the next year.

Global coronavirus crisis

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 61,575,070 people have been infected worldwide and more than 1,442,580 deaths have been reported. In addition, so far, over 42,604,990 individuals have recovered from the illness across the globe.

To date, 2,215,533 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Russia, with 1,712,174 patients having recovered from the disease. Russia’s latest data indicates 38,558 fatalities nationwide. Earlier, the Russian government set up an Internet hotline to keep the public updated on the coronavirus situation.