The deadly Coronavirus continues to wreak havoc in the sporting world with South Africa the latest team to cancel their planned friendly match against Japan that was to take place in Japan next month.
South Africa had planned to use the friendly match to prepare the upcoming Olympics Games that are set to take place in Tokyo in July. Organisers of the Games have assured participating nations that they will go ahead despite fears over the outbreak of the virus.
Japan has registered 85 cases of coronavirus in recent days with one confirmed fatality, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).
South African Football Association (SAFA) Guy Mokoena told the BBC that Japan had asked them to reconsider their decision.
“Japan is asking us to reconsider our position but it will be difficult. We act in the interest of our players," he said.
Another African nation, Ivory Coast, has also scheduled another friendly match in Japan onMarch 30. They're yet to comment on the game.
The virus has led to the cancellation of various sporting activities including Formula One, and World Rugby Sevens Series that was set for Hong Kong and Singapore in March.
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