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FIFA postpones U-17 Women’s World Cup

New Delhi: The FIFA Underneath-17 Ladies’s World Cup to be held in India in November was on Saturday postponed by soccer’s governing physique as a result of worsening COVID-19 pandemic throughout the globe.

The ladies’s age group showpiece was to be held at 5 venues within the nation –Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai — from November 2-21.

The event was to be competed amongst 16 groups, with hosts India being automated qualifiers. It was to be India’s maiden look within the U-17 Ladies’s World Cup.

The choice was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group which was not too long ago established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to deal with the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The working group advisable the Bureau of FIFA Council to “postpone the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020 – originally scheduled for August/September 2020 – and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – originally scheduled for November 2020.”

“New dates will be identified,” FIFA stated in an announcement.

It was additionally determined “to create a sub-working group on the women’s international match calendar to consider potential changes to the calendar and dates of postponed FIFA final tournaments”.

The working group consists of the FIFA administration and Secretary Generals and high executives from all confederations.

It unanimously authorised a collection of suggestions following its first assembly, which was organised through convention late on Friday.

Whereas the event itself is 5 months away however solely the qualifying occasion for Asia has been held so removed from which Japan and North Korea have made the reduce.

5 remaining qualifying occasions — that of Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central, North America and Caribbean — haven’t been held as a result of world well being disaster which has affected greater than 1,000,000 folks.

Over 50,000 deaths have been brought on by the lethal outbreak to this point.

The official schedule of the event was introduced in February and Navi Mumbai was to host the ultimate.

FIFA thanked the Confederations’ representatives for his or her cooperation.

FIFA additionally reiterated that well being should all the time be the primary precedence and the primary standards in any decision-making course of, particularly in these “challenging times”.

In different choices, the working group advisable “to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to organise bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in order to finalise a revised match schedule pending health and safety developments”.

As for the ladies’s worldwide calendar, it was determined “to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to include the new dates of the women’s Olympic Football Tournament in the match calendar.”

(PTI)

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