NEW DELHI, March 31: The All India Football Federation (AIFF) remains hopeful of organising the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in November despite the COVID-19 pandemic causing cancellation and postponement of top sporting events, throwing international schedules haywire.
The optimism stems from the seven months’ time that the organising committee has at its disposal to prepare for the top age-group tournament.
Everything, though, depends on world football governing body, FIFA, AIFF general secretary Kushal Das said.
“FIFA will take a call on this, they are keeping a track of all the developments and we will see how it goes,” Das told PTI.
He agreed that there is quite a bit of time left for the tournament.
“Yes, there is still a lot of time left and we will wait and watch the developments in the coming time,” he said.
The World Cup is scheduled to be held from November 2 to 21 with matches to be played in Navi Mumbai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar and Guwahati.
Das is aware that the European and African qualifiers for the tournament are yet to take place. FIFA is also working with representatives of all confederations regarding dates for their respective qualifying tournaments.
The pandemic has led to either cancellation or postponement of some of the world’s biggest sporting events, including the Tokyo Olympics and Euro 2020 football tournament. – PTI