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Olympic triathlon qualifier moved due to coronavirus

The 2020 Chengdu World Cup, an Olympic triathlon qualifying event, has been moved from China to Spain due to the coronavirus. Photo by Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images

Tokyo 2020 Olympic qualifying events have been affected by the coronavirus as a triathlon qualifying competition has been moved from China to Spain.

The 2020 Chengdu World Cup -- scheduled to be held in the Chinese city of Chengdu in May -- has been moved to Valencia, Spain because of the coronavirus outbreak, the International Triathlon Union (ITU) said on Wednesday.

The mixed relay event will now be held in Valencia on May 1 and is the last opportunity for three National Olympic Committees to secure berths for two women and two men for the Tokyo Olympics, ITU said in a statement.

The Chengdu World Cup will be postponed until later in the season and will not be replaced with another World Cup within the Olympic qualification period.

Three Asian Cup triathlon events, one in Taiwan and two in China, scheduled for March and April have also been postponed.

A spokesman for the Japanese government on Wednesday said the International Olympic Committee and local organizers are going ahead as planned with the Olympics despite the threat of the spreading coronavirus.

The Games are set to open July 24 with 11,000 athletes. The Paralympics open Aug. 25 with 4,400.

Officials are considering scaling down the torch relay due to concerns over the outbreak, the chief executive of the organising committee said on Wednesday.