China withdraws as AFC Asian Cup hosts

China withdraws as AFC Asian Cup hosts
AFC Asian Cup

China has withdrawn as the 2023 Asian Cup host due to the coronavirus with AFC confirming the that a new host will be decided in the coming days.

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.

While 13 teams have secured their place in the tournament another 11 nations are set to join the finals after the last stage of qualification set to be held in June.

14 May 2022