New Delhi, September 23
The ladies’s FIFA Under-17 World Cup, which has been rescheduled to February-March, is prone to be postponed but once more in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled to be held in 5 venues of India from November 2 to 21, the ladies’s age group showpiece was pushed to February 17-March 7 subsequent yr because of the pandemic, which has performed havoc with sporting calendars worldwide.
With the well being disaster nonetheless displaying no indicators of abating and with the qualifying tournaments but to be held in Africa, North and Central America and South America, there’s a excessive chance of the event getting postponed but once more.
“There is a high possibility that the women’s FIFA U-17 World Cup will be postponed again. The new time frame when the tournament will be held is not known yet. But most probably it is getting postponed,” a supply aware of the event informed PTI on situation of anonymity.
All India Football Federation (AIFF) common secretary Kushal Das, nonetheless, informed PTI that there’s “no official update” on the matter but.
But when requested particularly whether or not there’s a chance of the postponement of the event in view of the prevailing scenario, he stated, “It can be (postponed).”
With lower than 5 months left for the event, the confederations of Africa (CAF), North and Central America (CONCACAF) and South America (CONMEBOL) are but to carry their qualifiers.
Europe (UEFA) cancelled its qualifying event final month and nominated Spain, England and Germany—its highest-ranked groups. The confederation of Oceania (OFA) did the identical and nominated New Zealand as its consultant within the U-17 World Cup.
Only Asia (AFC) carried out the qualifiers as scheduled. Japan and North Korea certified after changing into the champions and runners-up respectively within the 2019 AFC U-16 Women’s Championship.
The AIFF had deliberate to start out the nationwide camp early subsequent month however it might not occur if the event is postponed.
Head coach Thomas Dennerby remains to be at his dwelling in Sweden after leaving India in March. The gamers have additionally been with out out of doors coaching since returning to their respective houses for the reason that first announcement of lockdown as a consequence of pandemic in March. PTI