The Coronavirus pandemic has made another major sports tournament its victim as the FIFA Under 17 Women’s World Cup, scheduled to be held in India from November 02 to 21, has been postponed. “New dates will be identified,” FIFA said in a statement.
The tournament was to mark India’s first-ever appearance in the FIFA Women’s World Cup across age groups but following a meeting between FIFA and the confederations, a decision to postpone the tournament was taken.
The working group suggested 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,” PTI reported.
In other decisions, the working group has recommended: “to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to organize bilateral discussions with confederations concerning 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers in order to finalize a revised match schedule pending health and safety developments”.
Though the Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics are two of the biggest tournaments to have already been postponed to next year in the wake of the COVID-19 epidemic, there were suggestions that the U17 Women’s World Cup could survive the storm considering it will take place towards the end of the year.
As for the women’s calendar for the year, it has been decided “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.”