China waives accommodation rights in East Asia due to COVID situation

HONG KONG, April 19 (Reuters) – China was replaced by Japan as hosts of the East Asian soccer championships in July due to concerns over COVID-19, organizers said on Tuesday. .

China was due to host the East Asian Football Federation (EAFF) flagship competition for the third time after 2008 and 2015, but pulled out due to “recent COVID-19 pandemic situations” in across the country.

Japan will now host the event, which includes tournaments for both men’s and women’s teams, from July 19-27. Chinese men’s and women’s teams will still participate in the competition.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Register

The move comes after the port of Shanghai withdrew from the Chinese Super League of the Asian Champions League earlier this month due to tighter restrictions on movement in and out of the city.

South Korea and Japan will be joined by China and Hong Kong in the men’s tournament after the EAFF scrapped plans for a qualifying tournament involving other regional teams.

The women’s competition will feature China, recently crowned Asian Cup winners, as well as Japan, South Korea and Taiwan.

Join now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com

Register

Reporting by Michael Church in Hong Kong, editing by Peter Rutherford

Our standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.