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Badminton Asia Championships moved from Wuhan to Manila over virus

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    Agence France-Presse

Shanghai, China   /   Wed, March 4, 2020   /   04:18 pm
Badminton Asia Championships moved from Wuhan to Manila over virus An empty street is seen in Wuhan on March 4, 2020. - China reported 38 more deaths from the new coronavirus but a fall in fresh cases for a third consecutive day. The death toll nationwide is now 2,981, the National Health Commission said, with more than 80,200 people infected in total. (AFP/ Noel Celis)

Next month's Badminton Asia Championships have been moved out of Wuhan, epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, to the Philippine capital Manila, officials said on Wednesday.

Numerous sports events have been cancelled, postponed or moved in recent weeks all over the world because of the deadly virus.

China, where the virus emerged in December and where more than 2,900 people have died, has been hardest hit with all sports stopped.

The Asia Championships will be staged in Manila on April 21-26.

"Badminton Asia [BA] together with Philippine Badminton Association has been working closely to ensure visa approval for player and officials' entry into Manila for all participants in this important and prestigious Championship," BA said in a statement.

The coronavirus has forced the postponement or cancellation of several badminton tournaments, disrupting the build-up to the Tokyo Olympics.

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