Fate of this year's SAFF Championship to be decided in July.


KARACHI -- The fate of the latest edition of South Asia's premier football tournament will be decided next month.

South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) secretary general Anwaul Haque Helal told Dawn on Tuesday that it was going to hold a meeting with the general secretaries of its member associations to decide on holding of the SAFF Championship, scheduled for September this year.

'We will be holding an online meeting with the general secretaries of our member associations discuss this matter in the first week of July,' Helal said when asked if the tournament will be held on its scheduled dates of Sept19-30 amid rising coronavirus cases in South Asia.

Governments across South Asia have halted all sporting activities and it seems highly uncertain that this year's SAFF Championship will be played.

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the continent's football governing body, has asked its member associations to 'place the health and safety of players, officials and fans at the top of...

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