Europe’s biggest football tournament, the European Championship 2020 will be postponed until 2021 because of the impending coronavirus pandemic. The football tournament which was supposed to be held from June 12th in Rome, Italy was going to be played through 12 different cities all across the continent. The following decision was conveyed through an emergency meeting on Tuesday and concluded that the sporting event will take place from June 11 to July 11 next year.
The decision does not come as a surprise as the majority of Europe’s top football leagues are already suspended because of the virus and Italy, France and Spain are all in some sort of a lockdown based simulation.
“We are at the helm of a sport that vast numbers of people live and breathe that has been laid low by this invisible and fast-moving opponent,” said UEFA President Aleksander Čeferin.”It is at times like these, that the football community needs to show responsibility, unity, solidarity, and altruism.
“The health of fans, staff, and players has to be our number one priority and, in that spirit, UEFA tabled a range of options so that competitions can finish this season safely and I am proud of the response of my colleagues across European football.”There was a real spirit of co-operation, with everyone recognizing that they had to sacrifice something to achieve the best result.”
The only silver lining that remains perhaps is the decision on canceling this season’s European club competition for both men and women leagues is now been put on hold for the time being. Furthermore, the UEFA has committed to completing all domestic European competitions by the end of the current sporting session if the situation starts to alleviate.
UEFA is also looking to adopt next season’s Champions League and Europa League qualifying rounds if the current competitions are delayed. While this certainly comes as a purpose over profit attitude in terms of sporting and city events all around the world, it cements Europe’s effort to keep the virus at bay at a premium level.