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News | The Asian championship was supposed to take place in China in the summer of 2023. But the country is giving up hosting the Asian Cup, as was officially announced on Saturday.

Asian Cup 2023 not in China

In the summer of 2023, the Asia Cup be played, the continental championship of the national teams of the Asian association. But this Saturday announced the Continental Confederation that China will give up the tournament. The reason for this is the corona virus and China’s zero-Covid strategy, which is associated with major restrictions. “The AFC recognizes the extraordinary circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic that led to China’s waiver of its hosting rights,” the press release said.

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A new organizer is now being sought. “AFC will continue to work closely with its commercial partners and stakeholders to determine the way forward and is grateful for their understanding and support during this time. Further details on the next steps related to hosting the 2023 AFC Asian Cup will be announced in due course.”

China was already in the middle of the preparations and had even had some stadiums rebuilt or modernized for the tournament, which involved immense costs.

(Photo by JADE GAO/AFP via Getty Images)

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