Outbreak Forces Boxing, Soccer Qualifiers to Move

(ATR) The coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China causes the cancellation of one event.

(ATR) The IOC Boxing Task Force will need to find a new host city for the Asia/Oceania qualifying event for Tokyo 2020.

Organizers on Wednesday called off the competition in Wuhan, China due to the coronavirus outbreak in the city that has reportedly killed at least 17 people.

The Task Force said in a statement that it will be working with the Chinese Olympic Committee and all partners to find an alternative venue for the qualifier, which was set to take place from Feb. 3-14.

The tournament was to be the first of the qualifying events for boxing being managed by the IOC, which suspended the sport’s world governing body AIBA last June over a range of issues including governance, ethics, refereeing and judging as well as finance.

Besides being in charge of the qualifying, the IOC will also maintain control over the operation of the competition during the Games in Tokyo.

The initial 2020 qualifying tournament will now be the one for Africa, which is scheduled for Dakar, Senegal from Feb. 20-29.

The coronavirus outbreak has also forced the Asian Football Confederation to move next month’s women’s Olympic soccer qualifiers scheduled for Wuhan.

The AFC announced earlier on Wednesday that the group games scheduled for Wuhan were being moved to Nanjing.

The tournament, which runs from Feb. 3-9, will otherwise stay the same.

Written by Gerard Farek

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