Women's Olympic football qualifiers moved from China virus epicentre

Jan 23 2020 04:33 PM
Women's Olympic football qualifiers moved from China virus epicentre

The Tokyo Olympic 2020 boxing and women's football qualifying tournament is being organized outside Wuhan. The Chinese city of Wuhan is currently troubled by the virus attack, so the organizing committee has decided to organize both these tournaments out of China on Wednesday. The teams from China, Taiwan, Thailand and Australia were scheduled to host the Group B qualifier tournament for women's Asian football in Wuhan from 3-9 February. Along with this, Asia / Oceania Boxing Tournament was also to be organized in this city from February 3 to 14.

The Asian Football Confederation has issued a statement saying that the tournament will be held in the eastern city of Nanjing on the same date. It has been said that this proposal for change was given by the Chinese Football Association. The International Olympic Committee Boxing Task Force said that the local organizing committee has postponed the tournament in view of the growing threat of cronaviruses. Boxing was almost eliminated from the 2020 Olympics following several controversies. The rights to organize the Olympic Competition were withdrawn from AIBA, a boxing organization, and a special task force was formed in its place.

Coronavirus like SARS has killed 17 people in China so far and over 500 are said to be affected by it. Most of these cases have been found in Vuan. There is a high possibility of the virus spreading from the seafood market in China. Coronavirus is very similar to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome. SARS killed about 650 people in China and Hong Kong in 2002–2003. Outside China, the impact has also been seen in the US, South Korea, Japan and Thailand. The Taiwan Football Association had already threatened that if the tournament was held in Wuhan, it would not participate. On their part, security was the priority.

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