Sydney will be playing host to the Matildas’ Olympic Qualifying Groups Matches this year. The Australian Women’s National Soccer team’s games have been moved away from Nanjing because of the coronavirus outbreak, and they’ll face off against China, Taiwan, and Thailand at home now instead.
On the last day of last year, the World Health Organisation was alerted to several pneumonia cases in Wuhan City in China’s Hubei Province. It was a virus that didn’t match any known contagion which was a matter of concern since this meant that how it affects people remains an unknown factor.
Just one week later, on the 7th of January 2020, Chinese authorities were able to confirm that a totally new virus had been identified. It’s a coronavirus, from a family of infectors that includes the common cold and viruses like MERS and SARS. At that point, the games were moved from Wuhan to Nanjing, but it has now been decided that they will unfold in Sydney in February this year instead, after the Chinese Football Association saw fit to withdraw as host.
The Australian Football Federation is glad to organise this Tournament for Olympic Qualification, said Chief Executive for the body Chris Nikou. He added that they’re looking forward to hosting the women’s senior national teams from China PR, Chinese Taipei, and Thailand next month.
Nikou added that fan-, player-, and official-safety is of the utmost importance to the FFA as well as the AFC and that everyone is confident that the events held in Sydney will be a stunning success.
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