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FIFA postpones U-17 Women’s World Cup in India due to Coronavirus pandemic

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup that was scheduled to be held in November 2020 in India postponed by FIFA due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup was to be held at five venues in India- Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhubaneswar, Ahmedabad and Navi Mumbai- from November 2-21, 2020. But due to Coronavirus pandemic, Football’s highest governing body has decided to postpone the tournament till further notice.

The decision was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. The working group recommended the Bureau of FIFA Council to “postpone the FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup Panama/Costa Rica 2020 – originally scheduled for August/September 2020 – and the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020 – originally scheduled for November 2020.”

The qualifying events of Africa, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central, North America and Caribbean have not been held due to the global health crisis. The qualifying event for Asia has been held so far from which Japan and North Korea have made the cut. The tournament was to be competed among 16 teams, with hosts India being automatic qualifiers. It would have been India’s maiden appearance in the U-17 Women’s World Cup.

As for the women’s international calendar, it was decided “to postpone all international matches due to be played during the upcoming June 2020 window; and to include the new dates of the women’s Olympic Football Tournament in the match calendar.”

About Poulomi Kundu

PoulomiKundu started her career in 2000 as a freelance journalist in Hindustan Times. Soon after she was selected an intern in Zee News, Kolkata. After her post- graduation in English, Poulomi joined the leading television production house of eastern India, Rainbow Productions. She was a journalist in Khas Khobor, a Bengali news magazine programme in Doordarshan and also headed the post production department of another programme, Khas Kolkata. In 2004, Poulomi moved to Delhi as a creative writer in an advertising agency, Brand Stewards Pvt. Ltd. In 2005, she again shifted her base for a better opportunity and that in Mumbai. There she got the job in Raa Media Pvt Ltd. as an associate director of two programmes for Doordarshan-Yuva and Paisa Vasool. In the meantime, she also wrote features in DNA as a freelancer. Poulomi directs promotional videos, develops scripts for films for Corporate and NGOs. But an ardent sports lover, Poulomi always had an urge to contribute somewhere in the field of sports. Her love for sports started from an early age when she played gully cricket and football for local teams. Academics and professional hazards sometimes took her away from her passion, but it never died in her. She always nurtured the never-ending dream. So she materialized her dream in the form of ‘SPORTSAVOUR’. It is an online sports portal that serves sports with the tagline ‘For the indigenous, unconventional, unknown’.

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