Kuala Lumpur: The ASEAN Football Federation (AFF) has decided to postpone its tournaments slated for the next four months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
The first of the four centralised competitions is the AFF Women’s Championship, which was originally scheduled for May. The AFF U18 Women’s Championship, AFF U-16 and U-19 Boys’ Championship are also postponed to a later date.
AFF also decided that the AFF U15 Girls’ Championship in September, as well as the AFF Futsal Championship, AFF Futsal Club Championship and AFF Beach Soccer Championship, will still take place as originally planned.
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AFF President Major General Khiev Sameth said: “These are unprecedented times for the whole world, including our football family and communities, but we will get through it together. However, getting through this will require all of us to play our part.
“Since the risks of transmission of the disease at mass gatherings such as football events are high, we have made a considered decision to delay and whenever necessary to cancel our competitions to minimise social contact with the objective to protect the safety and health of our football family and communities.”
He added that AFF is constantly following the developments on COVID-19 with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Ministries, Government Agencies, FIFA and AFC, and will provide updates when necessary.
“We must all do part to keep the infection as low as possible so that our silent heroes, the doctors and nurses, who are risking their lives out there can cope with the number of critically ill patients and so our hospitals will not become overburdened.
“The targeted measures put in place by the respective governments can only work if we all do our part to minimise social contact wherever possible.”
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