China has given up its rights to host the 2023 AFC Asian Cup due to the ongoing impacts of COVID-19, the Asian Football Confederation announced on Saturday.
The event – held every four years – was due to take place from June 16 to July 16 next year, featuring 24 national teams from across the continent.
It was also set to be held in 10 different Chinese cities.
“The AFC acknowledges the exceptional circumstances caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, which led to the relinquishment by China PR of its hosting rights,” an AFC statement read.
“The AFC worked closely with the CFA and the AFC Asian Cup China 2023 Local Organising Committee during the preparations and several milestones were achieved, including the launch of the tournament logo and the unveiling of the newly completed Shanghai Pudong Football Stadium last year.
“The AFC appreciates that China PR, the CFA and the AFC…