China’s Super League Season Postponed due to Coronavirus

    The Super League, which features ex-Premier League players including Yaya Toure, Marouane Fellaini, Oscar, Marko Arnautovic and Salomon Rondon, was suppose to run from 22 February to 31 October.

    China's Super League Season Postponed due to Coronavirus

    A new starting date for the season has not yet been announced.

    Oher sporting events in China have also been suffering from the crisis.

    The men’s alpine skiing World Cup races in China, scheduled for 15 and 16 February in Yanqing, has been cancelled.

    The 2020 World Athletics Indoor Championships, that was supposed be held from 13-15 March in Nanjing, have been pushed back 12 months after World Athletics sought advice from the World Health Organisation.

    Formula 1 says it’s “monitoring” the consequences of the outbreak in China within the context of the country’s Grand Prix in Shanghai from 17-19 April.

    The all-electric Formula E series is also due to hold a race in Sanya, southern China, on 21 March and Formula E says it’s also “closely monitoring” the case in tandem with local authorities.

    In a statement, the China Football Association said their move to postpone the “2020 season national football competitions at all levels” was taken to assist with the “prevention and control of the pneumonia epidemic of the new coronavirus infection, and to guard the health of the majority of fans, media, players, coaches, game officials, clubs and district staff”.

    In Australia, China’s women’s football team has been forced into quarantine at a hotel in Brisbane, Queensland, after the state recorded its first case of coronavirus.

    A 44-year-old man from Wuhan – the Chinese city at the centre of the outbreak – is in isolation at the Gold Coast University Hospital, south of Brisbane.

    The China team had been suppose to open the Women’s Olympic football tournament qualifiers with a match against Thailand in Sydney on Monday.

    Ticket sales for the tournament have now been suspended.

    The death toll of the coronavirus has risen to 170 and with a confirmed case in Tibet, the virus has now spread to each region in China .

    Chinese health authorities have said there have been 7,711 confirmed cases within the country as of 29 January and infections have also spread to a minimum of 16 other countries.

    The foreign office updated its advice on Tuesday to warn against all but essential visit to China , saying it’s going to also become harder for British nationals in other provinces to leave.

    On Wednesday, British Airways announced it had been suspending all flights to and from China with immediate effect.

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