Fed Cup group moved out of China over coronavirus fears


China's Qiang Wang reacts during her match against Tunisia's Ons Jabeur during the fourth round of the Australian. She is expected to lead China in the Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event tournament on Feb 4. The venue has been changed from Dongguan to Nur-Sultan in Kazhakstan. - Reuters

LONDON: Next month's Fed Cup Asia/Oceania Group I event has been moved out of China over concerns at the ongoing coronavirus outbreak which has so far killed 81 people in the country.

A statement from the International Tennis Federation (ITF) on Monday (Jan 27) said the group event from Feb 4-8 featuring China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, South Korea and Uzbekistan had been switched from Dongguan to Nur-Sultan (formerly Astana) in Kazakhstan.

"The decision to move the event to a different venue was taken due to increasing travel restrictions in China at the present time and followed consultation with independent security advisors," a statement read.

Two of the nations will progress to the Fed Cup play-offs in April.

Earlier this week the International Olympic Committee cancelled Olympic boxing qualifiers due to take place in Wuhan, China next month.

Olympic soccer qualifiers involving Australia, Taiwan, Thailand and China have also been moved from Nanjing, China, to Sydney, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said in a statement on Sunday.
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