FIFA, the world football governing body for the first time in its history has cancelled U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups 2020.
The U-17 Mundial was earlier rescheduled to hold between February 17 to March 7, 2021, in India while the U-20 was postponed to 20th of January -6th February in Panama/ Costa Rica.
In a letter dated 20th of December,2020 and signed by the Acting Secretary of CAF, Abdelmounaim Bah, the cancellation was imperative due to the current surge of Covid-19 pandemic.
“We regret to inform you that due to the worldwide situation that was strongly affected by Covid-19 as well as difficulties all confederations are facing to complete the qualifiers phase, FIFA decided to cancel both the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups-2020” the statement reads in part.
Sequel to the cancellation, CAF has also cancelled all the qualifiers due to be played ahead of the World Cups.
The development is coming amid the discovery of Covid-19 vaccines in some top countries of the world and the apparent dearth of the vaccines in another part of the planet has possibly occasioned the need for the halt the mundials from holding.