India out of Women's Asian Cup 2022, AFC confirms

India out of Women’s Asian Cup 2022, AFC confirms

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Hosts India are officially out of the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup after a major COVID-19 outbreak forced Sunday’s fit against Chinese Taipei to be cancelled, the Asian Football Confederation said in a announcement on Monday.

This additionally manner that India are out of rivalry for the 2023 FIFA World Cup, for which the continuing match become a qualifier. All matches of India at the moment are cancelled and considered null and void, because of this the primary suit – a goalless draw towards Iran – has been wiped out from the opposition. All points and dreams in those suits shall now not be taken into consideration whilst figuring out the final ratings.

To ensure uniformity for all third-positioned groups in all businesses, the AFC has stated the outcomes of the fits in Group B and C among the primary, 2nd and 0.33-placed groups in opposition to the fourth-located groups will not be counted.

On Sunday, the hosts couldn’t discipline thirteen gamers in their matchday squad – the minimal required for a sport to move in advance as per AFC policies.

The occasions surrounding the cancellation had been shrouded in thriller. Speculation of a COVID-19 outbreak had been growing from more than one hours before the scheduled begin of the in shape but the first official disclosure of any hassle got here with the statement of the suit being cancelled at 7.38 PM, 8 mins after the kick-off time.