Qatar will host the coronavirus-delayed Membership World Cup, an essential take a look at occasion forward of the 2022 World Cup, in February, FIFA stated on Tuesday. The virus has thrown the sporting calendar into chaos with organisers pressured to postpone flagship occasions just like the Olympics and Euro 2020, whereas different occasions have been cancelled outright. The Membership World Cup, which had been as a consequence of be performed in Doha in December of this 12 months, will as a substitute be held from February 1 to 11, 2021. The competitors sees membership champions from the six regional confederations and the champions of the host nation, Qatar’s Al-Duhail, introduced collectively for the annual contest.
Bayern Munich are due to participate after successful final season’s UEFA Champions League.
“The FIFA Membership World Cup 2020 will now be held from 1 to 11 February 2021, going down in Qatar,” FIFA stated in an announcement.
“FIFA and the host nation will present the required safeguards for the well being and security of all concerned.”
Liverpool lifted the trophy in 2019 after beating Brazil’s Flamengo within the ultimate.
A revamped 24-team Membership World Cup, together with eight sides from Europe, was as a consequence of be performed in China in 2021, however is about to be rescheduled for a later date after Euro 2020 and the Copa America had been pencilled in for subsequent June and July.
Qatar was named because the hosts of the 2019 and 2020 tournaments, that are seen as essential assessments of the Gulf nation’s readiness for 2022.
The pandemic, which started in China late final 12 months, has rapidly marched throughout the globe, infecting greater than 55 million folks and killing no less than 1,328,048 folks in line with official sources.
“The introduction of strict return-to-play protocols has facilitated a profitable resumption of continental membership championships the final of which is now scheduled to conclude by the top of January 2021,” which is able to decide the line-up of the February event, the FIFA assertion added.
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