Knockout for Olympic's Wuhan prep

Central Station | 23 Jan 2020

Coronavirus fears have prompted the cancelation of qualifying boxing matches for Asia and Oceania for the 2020 Olympic Games that were set to be hosted in Wuhan next month, Japan's Kyodo news agency said yesterday.

It's one of several gut punches for Olympic boxing preparations after the International Olympic Committee in June took over the competition and suspended the international boxing federation in June due to issues with its finances and governance - with the federation facing a whopping US$16 million (HK$124 million) in debt.

The IOC has instead set up a task force, led by International Gymnastics Federation head Morinari Watanabe, to organize the boxing events.

Kyodo's report cited the organizers, but so far, there has been no immediate comment from the IOC, the Tokyo 2020 organizing committee or Watanabe.

But the Tokyo organizing committee has previously said that "countermeasures against infectious diseases" were vital to "a safe and secure Games."

Meanwhile, women's football Group B qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympic Games have been moved from Wuhan to Nanjing, the Asian Football Confederation said yesterday.

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