Asian qualifying competitions for Tokyo 2020 Olympics boxing and women’s football, Fina’s Diving World Series and the Blue Bay LPGA tournament have become the latest events affected by the coronavirus outbreak.
The Football Federation Australia announced today that the schedule for the Tokyo 2020 women’s football qualifiers involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand has been changed because of the Chinese squad’s quarantine.
The tournament has been moved from Wuhan to Sydney by the Asian Football Confederation. It is scheduled to run from February 3 to 9. However, the Chinese squad, which had been in Wuhan earlier this week, is under quarantine in its Australian hotel until February 5.
China was due to play its first match on February 3, against Thailand, but will now play it on February 6. An additional match day on February 12 has been scheduled, when China will play Australia.
Doubts arose about the tournament after the FFA withheld ticket sales earlier this week.
The Chinese Football Federation said: “Our whole Chinese team including 21 players have received the 2019-nCoV virus test before departure to Australia, and the results were all negative.
“The team understands the concern of the Queensland government, the media and local people over the risk of coronavirus affection and will work closely with all stakeholders to fulfil all quarantine requirements.
“The team appreciates the support from Football Federation Australia and the Queensland authorities, and is convinced that a solution will be found by joint efforts to ensure the team’s training activities in preparation for the competition.”
Tokyo 2020 boxing qualifier
The IOC Boxing Task Force has moved the Tokyo 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing qualifiers originally due to be held in Wuhan to Amman, Jordan.
The dates of the qualifiers remain unchanged, March 3 to 11, and the venue will be the Prince Hamza Arena in the Al-Hussein Youth City.
Jordan Olympic Committee president HRH Prince Feisal said: “It is an honour for Jordan, the Jordan Olympic Committee and the city of Amman to have been selected to host the Tokyo 2020 Asia and Oceania boxing qualifier. We are very proud that the BTF has recognised Amman as a city capable of hosting an international event of this magnitude at short notice and we look forward to repaying their trust by delivering a successful event.
“Jordan has a proven track record for hosting world-class international sporting events and this is another ideal opportunity to introduce more sport to tens of thousands of young Jordanians throughout the Kingdom.”
Diving World Series
The Chinese leg of the Fina Diving World Series, scheduled for March 7 to 9 in Beijing, has been cancelled, according to Fina executive director Cornel Marculescu. He told news agency AFP that the World Series synchronised swimming event scheduled for Suzhou on April 23-25 is also in question.
Blue Bay LPGA
The Blue Bay LPGA women’s golf tournament due to take place on Hainan Island on March 5-8 has been cancelled. The event is run by the LPGA in partnership with host Jian Lake Blue Bay Golf Course, the IMG agency, the China LPGA and the China Golf Association. In a press release, the LPGA said it looked forward to”going back to Blue Bay in 2021 and for many years to come”.