Tokyo Olympics 2020: Women's football qualifiers to be moved from Wuhan to Nanjing due to outbreak of viral illness, says AFC

The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played in Nanjing on 3-9 February, the same dates

The Associated Press January 22, 2020 17:56:08 IST
Tokyo Olympics 2020: Women's football qualifiers to be moved from Wuhan to Nanjing due to outbreak of viral illness, says AFC
  • Olympic qualifying games for the women’s football tournament were moved Wednesday from Wuhan, China, because of an outbreak of a viral illness

  • The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played in Nanjing on 3-9 February, the same dates

  • More than 400 people have been infected and at least nine killed since the outbreak emerged last month. The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus

Kuala Lumpur: Olympic qualifying games for the women’s football tournament were moved Wednesday from Wuhan, China, because of an outbreak of a viral illness.

Tokyo Olympics 2020 Womens football qualifiers to be moved from Wuhan to Nanjing due to outbreak of viral illness says AFC

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The Asian Football Confederation said the round-robin group — host China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand — will be played in Nanjing on 3-9 February, the same dates.

Chinese health authorities have told people in the city of Wuhan to avoid crowds and public gatherings.

The Asian football body’s decision was announced hours before a World Health Organization meeting in Geneva, which could declare the outbreak a global crisis.

More than 400 people have been infected and at least nine killed since the outbreak emerged last month. The illness comes from a newly identified type of coronavirus.

Cases have also been reported in the United States, Japan, South Korea and Thailand. All involve people from Wuhan or who recently traveled there.

In the football qualifiers in China, two teams advance to a four-nation playoff round in March. That will decide which two teams from Asia join host Japan at the Tokyo Olympics.

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