Kuala Lumpur: With the countdown clock reaching the one-year milestone, elite athletes around the world are gearing up for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, but the footballers of Asia will face pivotal tests long before the Games begin.
Four Asian teams, including host Japan, will compete in the men’s football tournament, while Asako Takakura’s Asian champions will be one of three to take part in the women’s competition, making the battle to represent the Continent one with little margin for error.
Both competitions have already seen dramatic qualifying action in Asia. The Road to Tokyo’s women’s football tournament began in Asia on November 4, 2018, while the first men’s qualifiers got underway on March 22, 2019, with final tournaments to be staged in early 2020 to determine the Continent's representatives.
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