Go World Amateur Championship in Russia to be postponed

Children participate in a mass contest of Baduk, the Korean version of the Chinese board game Go, in Seoul. Photo: British Go Association. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

MOSCOW, Mar 24, 2020, Pan Pacific Agency. The 41st Go World Amateur Championship (WAGC) will be postponed, an official website of the event noticed. Russian Go Federation has sent a request to the International Go Federation to postpone the Championship because the Russian Ministry of Sport has made a decision to cancel every international sport event that was to be held in our country from March 16 until further notice amid coronavirus spread.

Organising commetee considers that it seems impossible for the tournament to be held as scheduled, official site explained. “The Championship management team along with the government of Primorsky Krai do not stop preparing for such a significant event. We hope that the virus and the economy situation will stabilize soon. The new date of the World Amateur Go Championship will be announced later,” they added.

The 41st Go World Amateur Championship (WAGC) was originally scheduled for May 30 – June 1 this year in the Russian city of Vladivostok. Russia will be the first European country to host the World Amateur Go Championship during its 40-year history. Go players from 77 countries and territories to take part in the WAGC, as was forecasted on last December.

Pan Pacific Agency will cover all main competition’s events as an international media partner. Agency also will continue to introduce readers from the Asia Pacific region to the Russian world of Go (first two materials available on the links here and here).

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