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China Back Out from Hosting AFC Asian Cup 2023 Amid Rising Covid-19 Cases

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has been formally knowledgeable by the Chinese Football Association (CFA)will be unable to host the AFC Asian Cup 2023.

China PR have been appointed as hosts of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 on June 5, 2019, on the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Paris. The 24-team competitors was to be hosted throughout 10 Chinese cities from June 16 to July 16, 2023.

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“The AFC acknowledges the distinctive circumstances brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment by China PR of its internet hosting rights,” AFC mentioned in an announcement.

“The AFC labored carefully with the CFA and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Local Organising Committee (LOC) through the preparations and a number of other milestones have been achieved, together with the launch of the event brand and the revealing of the newly accomplished Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium final 12 months.”

“The AFC appreciates that China PR, the CFA and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 LOC have made this very troublesome however essential resolution within the collective pursuits of the AFC Asian Cup 2023, which has additionally offered the AFC the required time to evaluate the state of affairs concerning the internet hosting of the AFC Asian Cup 2023.”

“The AFC will proceed to work carefully with its business companions and stakeholders to chart the course ahead and stays grateful to them for his or her understanding and assist throughout this era,” AFC added.

AFC additionally introduced that additional particulars in regards to the subsequent steps associated to the internet hosting of the AFC Asian Cup 2023 can be introduced in the end.

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