China withdraws as 2023 football Asian Cup host due to pandemic


China has today pulled out as the 2023 Asian Cup host due to the coronavirus. – EPA pic, May 14, 2022.

CHINA has withdrawn as the 2023 Asian Cup host due to the coronavirus, football officials said Saturday, with Beijing’s strict zero-Covid strategy dealing another blow to the country’s sporting ambitions.

Authorities in China are pursuing a strategy of stamping out the virus entirely, which includes rapid lockdowns and mass testing, and millions in Shanghai have faced onerous restrictions for over a month. 


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