AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 postponed to 2021 due to COVID-19

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(CNN Philippines, July 30) — The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) announced on Thursday that the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020 will be postponed until 2021 due to the coronavirus.

It said the decision to postpone the tournament to 2021 will safeguard everyone in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020. The AFF Suzuki Cup Task Force Committee held extensive discussions before coming up with the decision.

“Since the onset of COVID-19, the AFF has been closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), health ministries, government agencies, FIFA and AFC,” AFF president Khiev Sameth said in a statement.

“This pandemic continues to pose enormous health, societal and economic challenges to us all. AFF's top priority continues to be the health and safety of our football family and mitigating the impact of this pandemic. With the risk of the spread of COVID-19 remaining high, the AFF finds itself in a situation where we cannot proceed safely with the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020,” he added.

The AFF Suzuki Cup is the largest and most prestigious football tournament in Southeast Asia and was set to see the top national teams of the region competing for the title, which is played on a home and away format. Drawing a fan attendance of more than 750,000 in the 2018 edition, the risks and challenges in organizing a mass event of this scale were considered in the current climate.