China withdraws from hosting 2023 Asian Cup due to pandemic


More than a year before its initial holding (June 16 to July 16, 2023), the Asian Confederation announced in a statement this Saturday that China is not going to organize the next Asian Cup due to the Covid pandemic. -19 which affects the country. ,

China announced on Saturday that it was abandoning the organization of the 2023 Asian Football Cup due to “extraordinary circumstances due to the Covid-19 pandemic”, according to a press release from the Asian Confederation (AFC). “The AFC takes into account the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to China waiving its hosting rights.”


The Asian Cup, which brings together 24 teams, was to be held in ten Chinese cities from June 16 to July 16, 2023, more than a year later. On June 5, 2019, China was named the host country after a general meeting in Paris. Qatar won the last edition. The AFC did not specify which would be the new host country.

China is forced into a wave of cancellations of sporting events

Largely spared two years, China is facing its worst pandemic outbreak since the spring of 2020. To tackle this, it is following its “zero COVID” strategy, which results in confinement and quarantine as soon as some cases are reported. Shanghai (East)’s 25 million residents have been confined since early April.

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Before the pandemic, the country had risen to prominence in the sport since the 2000s, hosting the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Shanghai, the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, various world championships or tennis tournaments. But with the exception of the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics, held in February-March in the health bubble, China has not hosted any major international competition since the start of the pandemic to avoid any further outbreaks.

Thus the Diamond League athletics meetings scheduled for Shanghai (July 30) and Shenzhen (August 6), Shanghai Formula 1 GP and men’s (ATP) and women’s (WTA) tennis tournaments have been cancelled.


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