Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, China has withdrawn from hosting the 2023 Asian Cup which was to be hosted across 10 Chinese cities next year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Saturday, APA reports citing Anadolu.
In a statement, the AFC said that it has been officially informed by the Chinese Football Association that it would not be able to host the tournament.
"The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment by (China) of its hosting rights," the statement added.
The governing body said that it “will continue to work closely with its commercial partners and stakeholders to chart the course forward and remains grateful to them for their understanding and support during this period.”
“Further details about the next steps related to the hosting of the AFC Asian Cup 2023™️ will be announced in due course,” it added.