Keeping the health and safety of the players and officials involved, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has announced it is postponing the final round of the Santosh Trophy which was to be held in Aizawl (Mizoram) in April. Also Read - German State Finance Minister Commits Suicide Amid Fears of Financial Impact of Coronavirus Pandemic
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“As AIFF is more concerned about the safety and health of all the players and officials involved, it has decided to postpone the matches of the final round of the NFC for the Hero Santosh Trophy to be held from 14th to 27th April in Aizawl, Mizoram to later dates,” AIFF said in a statement. Also Read - IPL 2020 Set to be Cancelled Due to Coronavirus Pandemic: Report
The football governing body has informed the state associations of the qualified teams about its decision and will communicate the future course of action in due course. “AIFF will be monitoring the situation of the coronavirus outbreak and decide on the fresh dates, which will be communicated to all the participants in due course,” the statement read.
India’s FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 and AFC Asian Cup China 2023 joint qualification round 2 matches were earlier postponed due to coronavirus. The contests had been scheduled for March and June.
While India were to host Asian champions Qatar at the Kalinga Stadium in Bhubaneswar (March 26), they were to travel to Dhaka to face Bangladesh on June 4 and then square off against Afghanistan in Kolkata on June 9.