The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) has postponed the SAFF Championship to 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The football event was scheduled to be held in September this year in Bangladesh.
ANI reported that the member associations’ General Secretaries made the decision on Monday to postpone the tournament in light of the challenges posed by the deadly virus.
“The South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) held a meeting at 15:00hrs (BST) today via Zoom with its Member Association’s General Secretaries regarding SAFF Competitions this year. The competitions are, SAFF Championship, SAFF U-15 Championship, SAFF U-15 Women’s Championship and SAFF U-18 Women’s Championship,” SAFF announced on its Facebook page on Monday.
“Anwarul Huq, General Secretary of SAFF, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their time. The respective General Secretaries gave their valuable insights regarding COVID-19 challenges and opinions regarding the competitions. Taking everything into account SAFF has decided to postpone SAFF Championship to 2021,” it further said.
“In regards to the Youth Competitions, they have been postponed till the next review meeting in early September when after reassessing the COVID-19 scenario a decision will be taken,” SAFF addded.