Coronavirus forces China and Hong Kong to withdraw from badminton championship

Coronavirus forces China and Hong Kong to withdraw from badminton championship

More than 42,000 people have been infected by the flu-like virus in mainland China, with authorities confirming more than 1,000 deaths.

The Philippines has temporarily banned all travellers from China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan due to the outbreak, leaving organisers scrambling to try to arrange visas for players and officials for the February 11-16 event.

"However, the decision to impose the 14 days quarantine period for all travellers coming from China, Hong Kong and Macau has to be respected in view of the health and safety of the Philippines government for its people," Badminton Asia said in a statement.

"It is in this respect that the above event will not see the teams from China and Hong Kong competing. The India's Women Team withdrawal was owing to concerns shown by the parents and players."

India will, however, send its men's team after they agreed to travel to Manila.

The coronavirus epidemic has had a major impact on the sports calendar in Asia.

The outbreak has seen Olympic qualifying tournaments for boxing, basketball and women's soccer postponed, rescheduled or moved from China, while badminton, motor sports, hockey and tennis events have also been affected.

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