Chinese wrestlers will not be taking part in the Asian Championships beginning New Delhi on Tuesday as they have not been granted visas by the government due to the novel coronavirus outbreak there, a top official of the national federation said on Monday.

Wrestling Federation of India assistant secretary Vinod Tomar said that the government has denied visas to the 40-member strong Chinese contingent. “We have got to know that the government has not granted visas to the Chinese contingent and so they are not taking part in the Championships,” Tomar was quoted as saying by PTI.

“The world is grappling with the issue of coronavirus and so health of the athletes is the primary concern now. It is understandable why the government has not given visas to them,” he added.

The Indian government has cancelled all e-visas for Chinese nationals due to the outbreak that has killed more than 1,500 people so far.