FIFA reschedules Congress due to virus outbreak

Gianni Infantino is elected FIFA President for the 2019-2023 term of office during the 69th FIFA Congress at the Paris Expo Porte de Versailles on June 5, 2019 in Paris, France.

FIFA has pushed back its Congress to September from June due to the coronavirus outbreak, the world soccer body said on Wednesday. The 70th FIFA Congress will now be held on September 18 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The FIFA official statement reads: “On account of the spread of COVID-19, numerous international bodies and public health authorities have advised against the organisation of international events. Concerns over the health and well-being of participants, as well as travel restrictions in many countries, have resulted in the cancellation or postponement of many such events in various parts of the world.

“Mindful of this, and given the wish of FIFA to organise a Congress which all member associations are able to attend, the Bureau of the FIFA Council has decided to reschedule the 70th FIFA Congress from Friday 5 June 2020 to Friday 18 September 2020 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia,” it added. In addition, the FIFA Council meeting planned for Friday 20 March 2020 has also been rescheduled to a date yet to be confirmed in June-July 2020 at the Home of FIFA in Zurich or via video conference.

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