A redraw for the men’s football tournament at Asian Games in Indonesia will take place on Wednesday after organisers left out two countries in the first draw earlier in July. Also Read - UAE Suspends Visit Visas to These Countries Due to 2nd Wave COVID-19 Fears | Check Full List
The new draw will take place at the headquarters of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) here in Malaysia, Xinhua news agency reported. Also Read - International Travel: Air India Issues Fresh Directives For UAE-India Travel, Read On
In the first draw held on July 5, there were six groups of four nations, with the top two nations from those six groups, plus the four best third-seeded teams, set to reach the round of 16. Also Read - Who is Eligible For 10-year Residency in UAE? All You Need to Know About Gulf Country's Expanded 'Golden' Visa Scheme
But the AFC ordered Indonesian organisers to conduct a redraw after learning that the UAE and Palestine were left out.
With this redraw, the number of participating teams will be 26. Groups A, C, D and F will have four nations each, and Groups B and E will each have five countries.
The Asian Games run from August 18 to September 2, but group play in football will begin a few days ahead.