NEW DELHI: The postponed FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup in India became on Tuesday rescheduled to subsequent year from February 17 to March 7 after the field body made a “thorough review” of the issue coming up out of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event became before all the pieces scheduled to be held from November 2 to 21 this year nonetheless became postponed closing month due to the the coronavirus outbreak, which brought global sports activities activities to a grinding stop.
FIFA announced that the event would possibly possibly possibly lend a hand its usual eligibility standards and enable “gamers born on or after January 1, 2003 and on or earlier than December 31, 2005” to compete.
“Following an intensive review of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the next solutions made by the FIFA-Confederations COVID-19 Working Group, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has taken the option to substantiate the proposed novel event dates, subject to extra monitoring,” the FIFA acknowledged in an announcement.
The event can be held at five venues in the nation — Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai — and competed amongst 16 teams, with hosts India being automatic qualifiers in what would possibly possibly possibly be the nation’s maiden look in the U-17 Girls’s World Cup.
Promptly reacting to the advance, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju assured fats cooperation and lend a hand to the event.
“I reveal fats cooperation and lend a hand to assemble it a huge success,” Rijiju tweeted.
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The All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Praful Patel, below whose management the nation successfully hosted the boys’s U-17 World Cup in 2017, promised an encore.
“Cheerful to fragment the novel dates for the U17WWC, which is in a neighborhood to now be held between Feb 17 to Mar 7, 2021. I’d adore to thank all our stakeholders for their continuous lend a quit this era. AIFF & LOC stay committed to delivering a historic event,” Patel tweeted.
The Local Organising Committee (LOC) welcomed the option and assured fats preparedness.
“The dates were confirmed after taking into fable the time wished to total the UEFA, CONCACAF, CAF, OFC, and CONMEBOL qualification tournaments as smartly as the greatest doubtless conditions in the nation to host a winning FIFA U-17 Girls’s World Cup,” the LOC acknowledged.
Sooner than the event became postponed, the greatest qualifying event that would possibly possibly possibly moreover very smartly be held became for Asia from which Japan and North Korea made the slit.
5 closing qualifying events — that of Africa, Europe, Oceania, South The United States, and Central, North The United States and Caribbean — observed a stop due to the the continuing global health disaster, which has affected thousands and thousands worldwide.
The LOC talked about, “We on the 2nd are making an are attempting ahead and hoping to host a lovely event that would possibly give females’s soccer in India, the actual platform to grow and bear.
“The total host cities like place in a form of effort and dedication to this level, and we are happy that the novel dates will enable them to building up for the misplaced time and present momentum going forward.
The official time table of the event became announced in February, and Navi Mumbai became to host the closing.
“The total stakeholders, including the Ministry of Childhood Affairs and Sports, like been supportive of the option keeping in mind the health, safety and safety of every person eager, especially the teams and fans,” the LOC talked about.
“The LOC will continue to work along with FIFA, and we stay fully committed to web hosting a memorable and winning event,” the organising committee added.