Saudi Arabia’s U-23s join South Korea in qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics football

The young Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship. (Twitter: @SaudiNT)
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Updated 23 January 2020

Saudi Arabia’s U-23s join South Korea in qualifying for Tokyo 2020 Olympics football

  • Young Green Falcons will face fellow qualifiers South Korea in U-23 Championship final
  • The final is Sunday in Bangkok

BANGKOK: Saudi Arabia and South Korea both qualified for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament after winning games on Wednesday.

The young Green Falcons of Saudi Arabia defeated Uzbekistan 1-0 in the semifinals of the Asian Under-23 championship in Thailand, while South Korea beat Australia 2-0.

The final is Sunday in Bangkok.

It will be the first time Saudi Arabia have featured at the football tournament of the Olympics since Atlanta 1996.

Three teams will qualify for the Tokyo Olympics from the Asian competition, joining host Japan in a 16-nation lineup. Australia and Uzbekistan play for the other Olympic entry in a third-place game on Saturday.

South Korea won bronze at the 2012 London Olympics, beating Japan in the third-place game. The IOC barred a South Korean player from the medal ceremony after he displayed a flag with a political statement against Japan in the stadium.

(With AP)


UAE Tour canceled after Italian cyclists have coronavirus diagnosed

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UAE Tour canceled after Italian cyclists have coronavirus diagnosed

  • The hotel hosting the riders, the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, was sealed off
  • Riders, organizers and administrators will undergo medical check-ups

ABU DHABI: Sports officials in the Emirates have canceled the final two stages of UAE Tour cycling event after two Italian competitors had coronavirus diagnosed. 

The Abu Dhabi Sports Council announced the cancelation late Thursday.

The council also said the decision had been made to ensure the safety of all the cyclists and teams, which it described as a priority.

The Health Ministry said that all participants, organizers and administrators will undergo medical check-ups. 

 

 

It also said all precautionary measures related to quarantine were taken to prevent the spread of the virus.

The hotel hosting the riders, the Crowne Plaza Abu Dhabi Yas Island, was sealed off on Thursday evening with riders, staff and members of the media not allowed to leave pending their check-ups.

Italian media reported on Twitter the arrival of medical units at the team hotel.

Multiple Tour de France winner Chris Froome tweeted his disappointment at the news, but wished all those affected a "speedy recovery."

 

 

The new coronavirus COVID-19 has infected more than 80,000 people worldwide - including dozens in the Middle East - and killed more than 2,800, mostly in China.