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2020 Men’s International Champions Cup cancelled

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New Delhi, April 11 (IANS) The 2020 International Champions Cup (ICC) football tournament has been cancelled due to the ongoing global coronavirus pandemic, organisers have announced.

The ICC is a series of pre-season friendly matches that take place primarily in North America and Asia, and has featured some of the world’s biggest teams since the tournament’s inception in 2013.

Already, planned summer competitions like Euro 2020, the Copa America and the Olympics have been postponed and now the ICC has joined that list.

Danny Sillman, chief executive of organisers Relevent Sports Group, confirmed the cancellation in a letter to fans, noting that the health and safety of players, staff and fans would take priority.

“The lack of clarity of when social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions will be lifted and the uncertain international football calendar with the potential for European domestic leagues and UEFA tournaments being played into August, means planning a Men’s International Champions Cup this summer is unfeasible,” he said.

“We look forward to bringing the best clubs and most iconic matchups in the world to the US and Asia in 2021,” he added.

The entire sporting calendar has come to a grinding halt because of COVID-19 outbreak which has claimed more than 1,00,000 lives across the globe so far.



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