Major tournaments like Euro Championship, the Olympic, Copa America have been pushed back one year. This time Saff Championship, the biggest football competition in South Asia, has been called off and rescheduled to be held in 2021.
It was a matter of time to reschedule the tournament because of the dire Covid-19 situation in Bangladesh. The official announcement was made on Monday.
The tournament was supposed to be held from September 19 to 30 at the Bangabandhu National Stadium on the occasion of birth centenary of Father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Anwarul Haaue Helal, the general secretary of South Asian Football Federation (Saff) has informed that they will work on identifying a new date to reschedule the tournament.
Representatives of the countries participating in the tournament and the general secretaries of respective federations met in an online conference on Monday and decided the fate of the tournament.
"We have spoken to representatives of each federation and decided to push back the tournament. We will work on identifying a new date to reschedule the tournament in 2021."
"We will take a call on the age-level tournaments in mid-September. We will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation and arrange couple of tournaments in December if possible. If not, then we will push back everything to 2021," mentioned Helal.