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Beijing club set to open its Asian Champions League campaign

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) Beijing Guoan is set to open its Asian Champions League campaign while three other Chinese clubs are still excluded from the continental soccer competition because of the viral outbreak that emerged in China and has killed more than 1,770 people.

Major sports events in China, including the Formula One Grand Prix and the athletics world indoor championships, have been postponed while authorities try to contain the deadly outbreak. The Asian Football Confederation ruled that Shanghai SIPG, Guangzhou Evergrande and Shanghai Shenhua couldn't play matches in the continental club competition until late April.

But after being in a training camp in South Korea since last month, the Beijing Guoan squad faces Chiangrai United in northern Thailand on Tuesday.

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