The Olympics officials have shifted the venue of Boxing qualifiers ahead of Tokyo 2020 Summer Games from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Jordan.
The decision was taken after an outbreak of Coronavirus in China that has killed more than 40 individuals so far as per the latest media reports.
The BTF – Boxing Task Force of IOC – International Olympics Committee announced in a statement that boxing qualifiers will now be held in Amman, Jordan from March 3-11.
The event was originally planned to be held in Wuhan, China from February 3-14 but has now been rescheduled after health concerns were expressed by athletes and national federations as well.
Aside from the Boxing qualifiers, The Chinese city of Wuhan was also scheduled to host Women’s football qualifiers between Australia, China, Thailand and Taiwan. These matches have also been moved to the Eastern Chinese city of Nanjing.
The deadly outbreak of a previously unknown strain of the virus that began in the Hubei province of China has so far affected more than 1,000 people with 41 confirmed deaths including a doctor who was treating the initially diagnosed cases.
The unprecedented pandemic has also raised concerns for the safety of athletes and officials arriving in Japan ahead of 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games scheduled to begin from July 25.
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