Iraq’s withdrawal prompts partial re-arrangement for Asian Games

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The United Arab Emirates will face China, East Timor and Syria at this month’s Asian Games.

This is after the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) conducted a partial redraw of the football competition on Friday following Iraq’s late withdrawal.

The redraw was the second time the group phase of the competition had to be amended.

Before the latest redraw, the organisers had not included the UAE and Palestine in the original selection when it was conducted in early July.

Iraq’s decision on Thursday not to compete threw up further complications for organisers, leaving only three teams in their group.

Also, two other groups — featuring the late additions from the UAE and Palestine — contained five nations.

The football tournament at the Asian Games features teams comprising players aged 23 years of age and under, with coaches permitted to select three overage players.

The competition begins on Aug. 10, with the final to be played on Sept. 1.

Full Draw for Asian Games Football Event:

Group A: Indonesia, Hong Kong, Laos, Chinese Taipei, Palestine

Group B: Thailand, Uzbekistan, Bangladesh, Qatar

Group C: United Arab Emirates, China, East Timor, Syria

Group D: Japan, Vietnam, Pakistan, Nepal

Group E: South Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Malaysia, Bahrain

Group F: North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Iran, Myanmar