- FIFA U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for next year have been cancelled
- The world’s football governing body announced the cancellation of the competitions on December 20
- FIFA cited the growing cases of the raging pandemic as reason for its decision
The world’s football governing body FIFA has officially confirmed the cancellation of the U17 and U20 Women’s World Cup scheduled for early next year.
2020 U17 Women’s world Cup which was originally scheduled for November this year was postponed to hold between February 17 and March 7, 2021, but it has now been cancelled.
This is due to the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic which has now seen a surge in cases and deaths.
Also, the 10th edition of the FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup which was postponed until January 2021 has also been cancelled.
In a statement seen by Legit.ng, FIFA disclosed that all phases of the qualifications for both competitions are also cancelled. The statement said:
“We regret to inform you that due to the worldwide situation that was strongly affected by the COVID-19 as well as the difficulties all confederations are facing to complete the qualifiers phase, FIFA decided to cancel both the U17 and U20 Women World Cups."
Just recently, Bill Gates, the co-founder of Gates Foundation, expressed pessimism on coronavirus ending by 2021 even with the COVID vaccines giving a flash of hope.
The American billionaire and Microsoft founder stated that with the COVID-19-related lockdown still active in the US and some countries, the pandemic may continue into 2022.
Gates offered his predictions on Sunday, December 13, in a reaction to the US setting new records for new cases, hospitalisations and fatalities within a seven-day period
According to Worldometers, the US accounts for 18,473,716 of the total 77,816,303 global COVID-19 cases with 10,802,496 recoveries, over 320,000 deaths and 7,344,448 active cases.
Meanwhile, Legit,ng earlier reported that Robert Lewandowski has been crowned the best player for the year 2020 following an impressive performance for his club in the outgoing year.
The Polish striker won five major titles with his German League outfit Bayern Munich including the UEFA Champions League.
He scored 55 goals and 10 assists in 47 appearances across all competitions - a feat that put him ahead of any other player in terms of individual awards.
The 32-year-old would have won this year's edition of the Ballon d'Or award but the organisers cancelled the award, blaming it on the outbreak of deadly coronavirus.
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