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Sydney to host virus-hit China's Olympic football qualifier

Saturday, February 22, 2020, 10:23 GMT+7
Sydney to host virus-hit China's Olympic football qualifier
Chinese players react after a match in the women’s football third qualifying round for the Tokyo Olympics 2020. Photo: AFC

China will play the "home" second leg of their Olympic women's football qualifier against South Korea in Sydney, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said Friday, after the deadly coronavirus made it impossible to hold the match in China.

The game, which will decide qualification for the Tokyo Olympics, will be staged at Campbelltown Stadium on March 11, with the first leg in South Korea on March 6.

"The winners of the two-legged playoff will seal their place in the Tokyo Olympics alongside hosts Japan and winners from the other play-off match, which sees Australia take on Vietnam on the same dates," the AFC said in a statement.

Sports in China have ground to a halt because of the coronavirus, which emerged in the central city of Wuhan in December and has killed more than 2,200 people, mostly in China.

China's women's team reached the playoffs after coming through undefeated in three matches in a qualifying tournament in Australia this month, having first spent a week in quarantine in Brisbane.

The competition was initially scheduled to be held in Wuhan.

A raft of sports tournaments have been postponed or canceled in China, the most prominent being Shanghai's Formula One Grand Prix on April 19.

AFP

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