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Kuwait postpones Gulf Olympic Games until December over coronavirus

Due to be held in Kuwait next month, the event has been moved to December

Kuwait postpones Gulf Olympic Games until December over coronavirus

Kuwait Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that the event was rearranged for later in the year.

The Gulf Olympic Games, which were scheduled to take place next month, have been postponed to December due to the current coronavirus outbreak.

Kuwait was set to host the games between April 3 and 14, welcoming teams from Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar.

However, the Kuwait Olympic Committee announced on Tuesday that the event was rearranged for later in the year.

“The decision aims to ensure the public interests and the safety of athletes, executives and technicians,” the committee said in a press statement to Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).

Kuwait’s Health Ministry announced 10 new cases of coronavirus in the country on Monday, taking the total number to 56.

According to the country’s Health Minister Dr. Basel Al-Sabah, all of the quarantined patients are “generally healthy” and have not shown any symptoms associated with the coronavirus.

He also revealed that a fourth quarantine facility has opened to take travellers coming from Iraq.

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