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ASEAN Club Championship delayed to next year

by NDO13 April 2020 Last updated at 20:45 PM

Hanoi FC players during a 2020 V.League 1 match. The team has lost the chance to compete at the ASEAN Club Championship after the tournament was cancelled. (Photo: Vietnam Professional Football JSC)
Hanoi FC players during a 2020 V.League 1 match. The team has lost the chance to compete at the ASEAN Club Championship after the tournament was cancelled. (Photo: Vietnam Professional Football JSC)

VTV.vn - The 2020 ASEAN Club Championship has been cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Vietnam Football Federation (VFF) has said.

The tournament, run by the ASEAN Football Federation (AFF), was scheduled to take place for the first time in Thailand from May to November.

The tournament was to feature 12 teams, with two each from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam and one each from Myanmar and Singapore.

Clubs from Brunei, the Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, and Timor-Leste would have taken part in play-off matches to compete for the two remaining berths.

The winner was set to walk away with US$500,000.

Vietnam’s representatives at the events were to be V.League 1 champions Hanoi FC and runners-up Ho Chi Minh City FC.

However, due to the spread of the deadly virus, the organisers decided to delay it until next year.

The VFF reported that the AFF sent a letter to members about the cancellation of the tournament as the pandemic is ongoing and has not been placed under control yet.

Vietnam Challenge badminton tournament postponed again

The Badminton World Federation has delayed all tournaments scheduled in May to July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Vietnam International Challenge from June 2-7 is one such event. It is the second time the annual tournament has been postponed after being first scheduled for March 24-29 in Hanoi.

A new date has not been confirmed.

Some other competitions affected are the Australian Open (June 2-7), Thailand Open (June 9-14), Indonesia Open (June 16-21), Canada Open (June 30-July 5) and Russian Open (July 7-12).

The BWF is also awaiting permission from host Denmark before deciding to continue with the 2020 Thomas & Uber Cup Finals on August 15-23. Denmark has banned gatherings until the end of August.

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