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NZ boxers hit as coronavirus forces cancellation of Olympic event

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Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 7:01PM
Passengers wearing protective masks walk inside Hankou Railway Station in Wuhan in central China's Hubei province. (Photo / Getty)

NZ boxers hit as coronavirus forces cancellation of Olympic event

Author
Radio Sport,
Publish Date
Thu, 23 Jan 2020, 7:01PM

The late cancellation of an Olympic qualifying tournament in China will hit New Zealand's boxers financially.

The event in Wuhan has been cancelled by the International Olympic Committee, due to the city's outbreak of the coronavirus.

Nine Kiwis had planned to attend.

Coach Billy Meehan says not only will the athletes have to train again to peak at the right time, most will have to fork out personally to get there.

He says only three, including himself and two-time Commonwealth Games gold medalist David Nyika, get funded.

"The rest of the boxers take care of it all of their own."

Nyika told D'Arcy Waldegrave that they are trying not to overreact, and the boxing team is staying focused on the event.

"We're all assuming the event will still take place, it just will need to be relocated. We're expecting it will be run at a similar date." 

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