AFC Women’s Asian Cup 2022: India vs Chinese Taipei Match Called Off Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 will continue to be played as scheduled with the Group winners, runners-up and the two best third-placed teams qualifying to the Quarter-finals.
Navi Mumbai, Jan 23: The AFC Women’s Asian Cup was hit by COVID-19 outbreak as the India vs Chinese Taipei, Group A match has been called off without a minute being played at the DY Patil Stadium on Sunday.
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A top source of the All India Football Federation (AIFF) confirmed the development to PTI following which the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) also issued a statement.
“Following several positive cases of COVID-19, India failed to name the required minimum of 13 players for the Group A match against Chinese Taipei,” the AFC stated.
The Group A match not taking place means the hosts’ chances of qualifying for the quarterfinals of the 12-nation premier continental showpiece are bleak.
According to the AFC report, “Following several positive cases of COVID-19, India failed to name the required minimum of 13 players for the Group A match against Chinese Taipei. In accordance with Article 4.1 of the ‘Special Rules Applicable to AFC Competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (Special Rules), India was therefore unable to participate in the match and the full provisions of Article 4.1 will apply.”
India were held to a goalless draw by Iran in their tournament-opener and there were a couple of COVID cases in the team even before that game. In the other match, China qualified from Group A by getting the better off the Iranian side by 7-0. China are the record title holders of the tournament with 8 titles.
(With Agency Inputs)
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