Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Swine Flu Updates & Outbreak – Affect Soccer Tournaments

Due to Dangerous Swine Influenza(H1N1 Flu) attacks,Swine Flu Outbreaks.

There were two soccer tournaments affected which are following,

(1) Japan cancels games against U.S. women due to swine flu.

The Japanese women's soccer team canceled a tour in the United States on Tuesday because of the swine flu outbreak.

The team was scheduled to play the U.S. team on May 20 in Frisco, Texas, and May 23 in Sandy, Utah. The team was to travel to Canada for a match in Toronto on May 25.

The Japan Football Association, which announced the decision, said it may have to pay damages for breach of contract.

"This is an unfortunate situation, but one that we had absolutely no control over," said U.S. Soccer president Sunil Gulati.

"We have been assured that the risk to the participating teams is exceptionally low, but we accept the Japanese Federation's decision not to travel."

(2) Malaysia cancels soccer tournament over swine flu.

Malaysian soccer officials have canceled next month's Intercontinental Cup under-23 tournament due to the threat of the spread of swine flu, local media reported Tuesday.

The Football Association of Malaysia canceled the eight-team tournament after consulting with the nation's Health Ministry, the New Straits Times reported.

Among the teams which had been expected to contest the June 1-14 tournament were Brazil, Mexico and South Korea, which have each confirmed cases of swine flu.

"The cancellation of the Intercontinental Cup is due to the threat posed by the influenza virus outbreak which has affected several countries," the Football Association of Malaysia said in a statement.

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