Sydney: The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said on Friday that China’s scheduled home match against South Korea in the final round of qualifying for the Tokyo Olympics will be held in Sydney due to concern over the China virus.
The Chinese women’s team have remained in Australia since last week’s 1-1 draw with Australia which meant China would play South Korea in a two-match contest.
China and South Korea will first meet in Yongin, near Seoul, on March 6, followed by a March 11 match in western Sydney.
Australia’s two play-off matches against Vietnam will take place on the same dates, with the team’s home leg set for McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle north of Sydney.
The winners of the semi-finals will advance to the Tokyo Games along with hosts Japan.
China will also play their 2022 men's World Cup qualifiers against Maldives and Guam behind closed doors in Thailand because of the coronavirus, the Chinese Football Association has anounced.
China will play the Maldives on March 26 and Guam on March 31 at Chang Arena, in Buriram.
The Thai government asked that both games take place without any fans because of the coronavirus, the CFA said.
The Guam match was originally supposed to take place there, and is nominally a home match for them.
China are in danger of missing out on the Qatar 2022 World Cup because they are second in qualifying Group A, eight points behind leaders Syria.
Only one team automatically goes through to the next qualifying stage for Qatar.
A viral outbreak that began in China has infected more than 76,000 people globally. The World Health Organisation has named the illness COVID-19, referring to its origin late last year and the coronavirus that causes it. More than 2,200 have died.