Olympics: Boxing qualifiers in China canceled due to virus outbreak

Kyodo News

Posted at Jan 22 2020 12:32 PM

Giant Olympic Rings are installed at the waterfront area, with the Rainbow Bridge in the background, ahead of an official inauguration ceremony, 6 months before the opening of the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games, at Odaiba Marine Park in Tokyo, Japan. Issei Kato, Reuters

TOKYO — A Tokyo Olympics boxing qualifying tournament scheduled next month in China has been canceled due to the outbreak of a new coronavirus, organizers said Wednesday.

Organizers said they had decided to move the event from Wuhan in central China in order to protect the health of those attending. 

The city is considered the epicenter of the virus, which causes pneumonia-like symptoms.

The International Olympic Committee will announce the new competition host and schedule once decided.

Daisuke Narimatsu, who competed at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, was among the Japanese boxers scheduled to take part in 6 men's and 5 women's divisions at the qualifiers.

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