Sport-LPGA event canceled, Olympic soccer qualifiers changed due to coronavirus
SYDNEY — The outbreak of the brand new coronavirus prompted additional disruption to the worldwide sporting calendar on Friday with the elite girls’s LPGA golf tour canceling an occasion in China and Olympic soccer qualifying matches in Australia having to be shuffled.
Greater than 200 individuals in China have died from the flu-like virus with virtually 6,000 affected after it emerged late final yr in Wuhan within the central Hubei province.
The World Well being Group on Thursday declared the outbreak a public well being emergency.
The four-team girls’s soccer event involving China, Australia, Taiwan and Thailand was moved from Wuhan — the middle of the outbreak of the virus — and swiftly rearranged to be held in Australia by the Asian Soccer Confederation.
Organizers have been pressured to alter their match schedule after China’s crew, who arrived in Australia on Jan. 29, have been positioned in quarantine in Brisbane till after Feb. 5.
Not one of the gamers has examined constructive for the virus, in response to the Chinese language Soccer Affiliation.
They’d initially been scheduled to play their first sport in opposition to Thailand on Feb. three however organizers mentioned on Friday they’d now play their first sport on Feb. 6.
An extra match day of Feb. 12, when China play Australia, had now been scheduled, Soccer Federation Australia (FFA) mentioned in an announcement on Friday.
“As at all times, the well being of everybody concerned, from gamers and officers to the followers and contractors, stays the primary precedence,” mentioned FFA Chief Govt James Johnson.
“This new format permits us to stage these matches with that precedence in thoughts and we now sit up for welcoming all groups and internet hosting a profitable event.”
The LPGA mentioned its Blue Bay event on account of be held on Hainan island from March 5-Eight had been canceled.
“Given the present well being issues and important journey restrictions put in place as a result of coronavirus in China, the LPGA together with our companions in China have made the choice to cancel the 2020 Blue Bay LPGA,” the Tour mentioned in an announcement.
“Whereas we’re disillusioned that the event received’t happen this season, we sit up for going again to Blue Bay in 2021 and for a few years to come back.”
A number of different worldwide sports activities occasions have been affected by the outbreak.
The world indoor athletics championships, which have been on account of be held in Nanjing from March 13-15, have been postponed till subsequent yr.
Qualifying tournaments in boxing and basketball for this yr’s Tokyo Olympics have been additionally moved from China, whereas different occasions have been canceled or postponed.
(Reporting by Greg Stutchbury in Wellington; Modifying by Sam Holmes/Peter Rutherford)