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FIFA cancels World Cups in 2021

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World football governing body, FIFA has announced the cancellation of the U-17 and U-21 world cups that were scheduled to be held in 2021. 

The federation said it made this decision because of the novel Coronavirus that has disrupted the world in the past 11 months. 

The U-17 World Cup was scheduled to take place in Peru and the U-20 World Cup in Indonesia.

FIFA said in a statement on Thursday, 

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to present challenges for the hosting of international sporting events and to have a restrictive effect on international travel. 

“FIFA has therefore regularly consulted the relevant stakeholders, including the host member associations as well as the confederations involved in both tournaments originally scheduled to take place in 2021.

“In doing so, it became clear that the global situation has failed to normalize to a sufficient level to address the challenges associated with hosting both tournaments, including the feasibility of the relevant qualification pathways.

“As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to cancel the 2021 editions of the men’s FIFA U-20 World Cup and FIFA U-17 World Cup, and to appoint Indonesia and Peru respectively, who were due to host the tournaments in 2021, as the hosts of the 2023 editions.”

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