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Hosts India withdraw from Women’s Asian Cup due to Covid outbreak

Negin Zandi and Manisha Panna vie for the ball during the AFC Women's Asian Cup match between India and Iran. (Photo by Thananuwat Srirasant/Getty Images)

Host nation India has been forced to withdraw from the Women’s AFC Asian Cup after a Covid-19 outbreak within its squad meant it could not field a team against Chinese Taipei on Sunday.

Asian Football Confederation rules say teams must name at least 13 players in each matchday squad. India did not have 13 players available for the game, and the group-stage clash was cancelled and declared void.

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