China retracts its hosting of the 2023 Asian Cup due to Corona

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The Asian Football Confederation announced on Saturday that China has withdrawn from hosting the 2023 Asian Nations Cup due to the Corona pandemic.

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The federation (based in Kuala Lumpur) in a statement today commended the Chinese football officials for taking “this very difficult decision, but it is necessary to achieve the collective interests of the AFC Asian Cup.”

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The tournament, which includes 24 countries in 10 cities, in mostly newly built stadiums, was scheduled to take place in June and July of next year.