Chinese gymnasts pull out of World Cup in Australia due to virus travel ban
BEIJING: The Chinese gymnastics team entered into next week’s World Cup Gymnastics 2020 in Melbourne has pulled out due to Australian government travel restrictions put in place to limit the coronavirus outbreak, organisers said on Saturday. The restrictions on foreign nationals travelling from China were introduced in early February and extended for another week on Thursday.
The extension effectively rules out China’s participation at the Feb 20-23 world cup, which offers qualifying points for this year’s Tokyo Olympics.
“It has been a very challenging few weeks for us all, but none more so than for the Chinese gymnasts and officials who have been training and preparing to come to Melbourne,” Gymnastics Australia CEO Kitty Chiller said in a statement.
“I have been in regular contact with the Chinese Gymnastics Association and its president, who informs me all of their delegation are well and have shown no sign of infection. Despite this, we all have to respect the Australian government’s travel restrictions.” – AFP