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Asian qualifying matches for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qater, scheduled to be held in October and November, have been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
In a joint statement Wednesday, FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation said the decision was made to protect "the health and safety of all participants," adding they will "continue to work together to closely monitor the situation in the region and to identify new dates for the respective qualifying matches."
Asian countries are currently in the second round of the World Cup qualifying campaign, which began in September last year.
Following the winter break, the competition was supposed to resume in March, but COVID-19 outbreaks across the continent forced FIFA and the AFC to reschedule matches for later in the year.
South Korea is vying to qualify for their 10th straight World Cup and are currently in second place in Group H, with eight points from two wins and two draws.
Group H also includes North Korea, Turkmenistan, Lebanon and Sri Lanka.
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