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Chinese gymnasts pull out of World Cup in Australia due to coronavirus travel ban


Chinese gymnasts pull out of World Cup in Australia due to coronavirus travel ban
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The Chinese gymnastics team entered into next week's World Cup in Melbourne has pulled out due to Australian government travel restrictions put in place to limit the coronavirus outbreak, organizers said on Saturday. The restrictions on foreign nationals traveling 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 delegations are well and have shown no sign of infection." "Despite this, we all have to respect the Australian Government's travel restrictions."

Among the 12 Chinese entries listed on the World Cup's website are four-times world champion Zhang Chenglong, who claimed the men's team gold at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze at the Rio Games. Zhang's Rio team mates You Hao and Liu Yang will also miss out, along with Xiao Ruoteng, a former men's all-around world champion.

Chinese athletes in other sports have also suffered disruptions to Olympic preparations. The entire Chinese women's soccer team and staff were confined to a Brisbane hotel for nearly two weeks due to quarantine restrictions after arriving in Australia in late-January for an Olympic qualifying tournament.

The coronavirus outbreak has killed more than 1,500 people, mostly in China's central Hubei province. Confirmed infections have risen above 66,000.

(This story has not been edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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