The ASEAN Football Federation Suzuki Cup is not pushing through this year.
Organizers said in their official website the tournament will not be held until 2021.
The AFF explained that this is “in view of the rapidly deteriorating coronavirus situation, regionally and globally.”
Officials stated that this is for the health and safety of the players, coaches, partners, fans and the public are of the highest priority.
They added that the decision to postpone the tournament to 2021 will safeguard the well-being of everyone involved in the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.
AFF President, Major General Khiev Sameth explained that the Suzuki Cup Task Force Committee held extensive discussions before reaching this decision.
“Since the onset of COVID-19, the AFF has been closely monitoring guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO), Health Ministries, government agencies, FIFA and AFC,” said Sameth.
Sameth added that with the risk of the spread of COVID-19 remaining high, the AFF finds itself in a situation where “we cannot proceed safely with the AFF Suzuki Cup 2020.”
The AFF Suzuki Cup is considered the largest and most prestigious football tournament in South East Asia and was set to see the national ‘A’ teams of the region competing for the Championship title, played on a home and away format.
Drawing a fan attendance of more than 750,000 for the 2018 edition, the risks and challenges in organizing a mass event of this scale would be considerable in the current climate.
The AFF will continue to work closely with the various member associations and partners to monitor the situation and will provide further updates on the 2021 tournament dates and other details as soon as available.