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Chinese wrestlers quarantined in Serbia over coronavirus

/ 05:37 PM February 21, 2020
China wrestling quarantine

FILE –Lee Seyeol (L) of South Korea competes against Xiao Di of China during the men’s Greco-Roman style 97kg wrestling competition at the 2019 Wrestling Senior Asian Championships in Xian in China’s northern Shaanxi province on April 28, 2019. (Photo by STR / AFP) / China OUT

Chinese wrestlers gunning for a place at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics are training in quarantine in Serbia after a qualifying event was moved from China to Kyrgyzstan because of the coronavirus.

The Chinese athletes “are going through an extensive quarantine process” in the Serbian capital Belgrade and will then fly to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, for the Asian Olympic qualifier on March 27-29, United World Wrestling (UWW) said.

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“The athletes were evaluated by medical professionals in China before leaving and by local officials upon arrival in Serbia,” said a statement.

“While in Serbia the Chinese wrestlers will be provided workout equipment, wrestling mats and all other items necessary for a healthy training camp.”

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Xian was originally scheduled to host the tournament on the same dates, but a growing number of sports events have been postponed, canceled or moved out of China because of the disease outbreak, which has killed more than 2,200 people.

“Moving an event this close to the competition date is not ideal, but we must consider the health of the athletes and ensure that everyone who wants to compete at the qualifiers has the opportunity,” said UWW president Nenad Lalovic.

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