The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has made the announcement that all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June have been postponed until further notice.
As countries all around the world are continually managing the coronavirus and looking to halt the spread, the AFC have made this latest decision to further delay its return in relation to all the preventive measures and travel restrictions put in place by several governments.
The AFC have been one of the first Confederations in world football to introduce precautionary measures due to the COVID-19 outbreak and will continue to remain consistent with their practices as the AFC signals their commitment to ensure the safety and wellbeing of players, participating teams, officials, fans and all stakeholders.
The AFC has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and had already postponed its matches in March and April after holding a series of emergency meetings in Delhi, Doha, Dubai and Kuala Lumpur.
The AFC will also continue to engage and consult with the Participating Member Associations in the AFC Club Competitions and will explore all possible options in order to complete the 2020 AFC Champions League and AFC Cup Group Stages.
The pandemic has thrown the Asian Champions League, Asia’s top elite club competition, into chaos with some group matches being completed and others still yet to be decided before finding out who will make it through to the knockout stages. Of all the Chinese teams that qualified for the group stage, only Beijing Guoan played a game away from home against Chiangrai United, a 1-0 victory for the visitors.
At the time of writing, the total number of confirmed cases worldwide has reached more than two million, with just over 126,000 deaths and 488,000 who have recovered.
In Australia, the figures stand at 6,440 confirmed cases, with 63 deaths and 3,598 recovered.