After putting training on hold while the country fought the coronavirus, China’s women’s football team are getting back on the pitch.
With no new cases for two days in a row, the country is slowly getting back to normal and for the women’s team, that means picking up preparations for their Tokyo 2020 qualification playoff against South Korea.
InsideTheGames report that the team announced their return to training on their Weibo social media account and that they should get back to normal over the next week.
The majority of the team have been in Australia for over a month and flew back to China at the beginning of March. They will reunite in Suzhou to pick up their training together.
Even Wang Shuang who was unable to play in the first qualification matches due to being in lockdown in her home city of Wuhan will get back to training with her team.
The qualifier is a two-legged tie with the first leg due to take place on June 4 in South Korea. The home leg for China would be five days later. No venues have been confirmed and it is possible that the matches could yet be impacted by Covid-19 as South Korea has also been fighting an outbreak.
Australia’s Matildas won the other playoff, defeating Vietnam to secure their place at the Tokyo Olympics.
The International Olympic Committee is still committed to hosting the Olympics this summer as scheduled despite countries around the world going into lockdown, impacting on qualification events.
Many athletes have spoken about the difficulties they are facing when it comes to keeping training up but the IOC called for athlete’s support at this challenging time.
China’s return to training, however, is an undeniable sign that a country can get through the coronavirus pandemic and return to a semblance of normality, an encouraging sign for us all.
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