Olympic football qualifying shifted due to coronavirus

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Kathmandu, January 22

An outbreak of new coronavirus forced the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to shift Olympic qualifying games in a different venue of China.

As per the US Today, the Olympic qualifying games for the women’s football tournament were moved Wednesday from Wuhan, China, because of an outbreak of a viral illness.

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

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

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

It has been reported that more than 400 people have been infected and at least nine killed since the outbreak emerged last month.

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

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