Tuesday 20th October 2020

COVID-19 Disrupts ‘Major Sports Events’ in Nepal

All the sports events in Nepal have been cancelled or postponed for an indefinite period.
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COVID-19 Disrupts ‘Major Sports Events’ in Nepal

The colossal impact of COVID-19 has disrupted nearly every aspect of life, with sports no exception.

With the Nepali Government imposing nationwide lockdown and travel restrictions, the sports events, major or minor, continued to be postponed or canceled over coronavirus threat.

List of Sports Events Disrupted in Nepal

1) First International Friendly Football Match

According to the All Nepal Football Association (ANFA), the first international friendly football match between Nepal’s national team and England’s ‘C’ team has been postponed for an indefinite period.

The first match was supposed to be held in England on May 25, 2020 and the second match was scheduled in Nepal in 2021.

Earlier in January, the ANFA and the Football Association (FA) of England have agreed to organize two friendly football matches.

2) Deputy Mayor National Women Football League

The ANFA has postponed the Deputy Mayor National Women Football League that was scheduled to be held on March 16-26,2020 at the Dharan Stadium in Sunsari.

3) 5th NVA National Volleyball Tournament

On April 19, 2020, the Nepal Volleyball Association (NVA) has postponed the ‘5th NVA National Women’s and Men’s Volleyball Tournament’ until further notice.

Eight men’s team and six women’s teams were scheduled to take part in the tournament that was supposed to be held in early May.

4) 2020 Namibia Tri-Nation Cricket Series

The 2020 Namibia Tri-Nation Series as a part of 2019–22 ICC Cricket World Cup League 2 tournament has been postponed for an indefinite period.

The Men’s Cricket World Cup League 2 tri-series between Nepal, Namibia and Scotland was supposed to be held in Windhoek from April 20-27, 2020.

5) 2020 Papua New Guinea Tri-Nation Series

The ‘2020 Papua New Guinea Tri-Nation Series’ between Nepal, Papua New Guinea and the United Arab Emirates was scheduled to take place in Port Moresby from June 9-16, 2020.

However, the International Cricket Council (ICC) had postponed the tournament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

6) 2020 Everest Premier League (EPL4)

The Cricket Association of Nepal (CAN) has postponed the 2020 Everest Premium League that was scheduled to start from March 14, 2020.

[ALSO READ: Nepal’s COVID-19 count reaches 42]

Major International Sports Event Postponed over COVID-19-

  • Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
  • 2020 Indian Premier League
  • 2020 UEFA European Football Championship
  • 2020 ISA World Surfing Games
  • 2020 AFC Champions League
  • 2020 IPL Championship

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