Paris/Xinhua: The International Federation of Sport Climbing (IFSC) has canceled World Cup events in Meiringen and Villars in Switzerland due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The IFSC made the decision as restrictions against gatherings remain in place in Switzerland due to the crisis.
The Swiss government announced an easing policy that will allow more shops to open on May 11 and training sessions for popular and competitive sports to return, however, there remains a ban on events featuring more than 1,000 people until the end of August.
The World Cup event in Meiringen was originally scheduled to open the series on April 3 and 4, but was postponed, while the event in Villars was expected to take place from July 2 to 4.
Back-to-back Chinese World Cup events in Wujiang and Chongqing have been postponed, as well as one in Seoul, South Korea.
Munich in Germany, Salt Lake City in the United States and Innsbruck in Austria have also had their respective legs of the World Cup circuit postponed, along with two French events in Chamonix and Briancon.
Only two legs have not been impacted so far - one in Slovenia's capital Ljubljana in September and the final leg of the season in Xiamen in China in October.
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