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Olympics postponement necessary to ensure 'beautiful' Tokyo showpiece - Cameroon's Njoya Nchout Ajara

Cameroon striker Njoya Nchout Ajara has backed the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decision to postpone the 2020 Games in Tokyo, and she believes the coronavirus-enforced rescheduling will give athletes a better opportunity to thrive next year.

Amid increasing pressure and widespread disruption following the COVID-19 outbreak, Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, and IOC president Thomas Bach announced their decision to push the Olympic Games back to the first half of 2021.

"The postponement...

Arsenal quarantines Australia star Caitlin Foord

Matildas forward Caitlin Foord will be quarantined for 14 days as a safeguard against coronavirus, before she returns to English club Arsenal following Australia's Olympic qualifier in Vietnam.

The Matildas beat Vietnam behind closed doors in Cam Pha on Wednesday night to secure passage to Tokyo 2020, with Foord playing 90 minutes.

Matildas coach Ante Milicic said Arsenal had liaised with the UK government and decided Foord -- who only joined the Gunners at the end of January -- would be isolated.

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Emily van Egmond stunner salvages Matildas draw against China

Australia's Emily van Egmond scored in injury time as the Matildas held China.
  

Matildas star Emily van Egmond struck an added-time thunderbolt to salvage a 1-1 draw in Australia's Olympic qualifying clash with China in Sydney.

When the Steel Roses broke the deadlock in the 86th minute through Tang Jiali, Australia were staring down the barrel of a shock loss at Bankwest Stadium on Thursday night.

But fresh off a maiden international hat trick in Monday's 6-0 rout of Thailand, van Egmond came to Australia's rescue by blasting a 20-yard belter into the top left corner...

Emily van Egmond scores hat trick as Australia thrash Thailand in Olympic qualifying

Matildas stalwart Emily van Egmond scored a maiden international hat trick as Australia beat Thailand 6-0 to secure a berth in the final stage of Olympic qualification.

Last Friday's assist queen turned goalscorer at Campbelltown Sports Stadium on Monday night as Australia cruised in their group qualifier for Tokyo 2020.

With Chelsea superstar Sam Kerr again limited to a bench cameo, Van Egmond broke the deadlock with a quickfire double just before half time before adding a third in the 70th minute.

The...