Wednesday, August 4, 2021

World Cup 2022 qualifying matches to be moved out of China

In football, the Asian Zone World Cup 2022 qualifying matches scheduled to be played at a centralised Chinese venue will be moved elsewhere owing to coronavirus-related travel restrictions.

The Asian Football Confederation said that the Group A matches would be relocated to “a neutral venue, which will be decided and announced in the coming days”.

Group A consists of China, Syria, the Maldives, Philippines and Guam and the remaining matches were to be played in Suzhou between June 3 and June 15.

Due to the coronavirus outbreaks in Syria and the Maldives, their teams would have had to go into strict quarantine in China, making games at the scheduled dates impossible.

Syria lead the group with a maximum 15 points, five ahead of China.

Only the first-ranked team from the eight groups reach the final qualifying stage.

Argentina’s hosting of the Copa America football tournament has been suspended “in view of the current circumstances”.

The South American football body, which last week stripped Colombia of co-hosting duties over deadly unrest, said it was considering other offers to hold the tournament.

The Copa America was originally due to take place last year but was postponed for 12 months because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Officials are expected to meet later today to decide on the next move for hosting the tournament.

Less than two weeks before the Copa America’s scheduled start, Argentina is under a nine-day lockdown and experiencing record daily infections.

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