Beijing (The Times Groupe)- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Saturday that China has withdrawn from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup due to COVID19 pandemic, which was to be held in ten Chinese cities next year.
The AFC announced in a statement that it has been informed by the Chinese Football Association that it will not be able to host the tournament.
“The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid19 pandemic, which led China to relinquish its hosting rights,” the statement said.
According to the governing body, it will “continue to work closely with its commercial partners and stakeholders in charting the course forward, and remain grateful for their understanding and support during this period.”
“Further details about the next steps regarding the hosting of the Asian Cup 2023 will be announced in due course,” the statement said.
At the AFC Extraordinary Congress in Paris on June 5, 2019, China was chosen to host the tournament.
The 2022 Asian Games, which were scheduled to be held in Hangzhou, China, were postponed previously due to the pandemic.
Likewise, the 2021 Asian Youth Games Shantou, which were scheduled to take place in the Chinese city of Shantou, were also canceled.