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SuperCupNI to be axed over Covid-19 fears


La Liga side Valencia won the Premier section last year

La Liga side Valencia won the Premier section last year

La Liga side Valencia won the Premier section last year

SuperCupNI organisers are set to make a decision before the end of the month over whether this year’s tournament will be called off due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The globally renowned north coast youth tournament is due to take place on the first week in August. However, the indications are that it will be cancelled.

Organisers had been keen for the tournament to take place if possible but are not willing to expose players or fans to health and safety risks.

Should the decision be taken to cancel the event, it would be the first time in 38 years that it will have been abandoned. It even carried on at the height of the Troubles

The SuperCupNI attracts teams from across the world, with sides from Canada, Chile, China, France, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and the USA all taking part last year, and it is unlikely that they would all travel for this year’s event given the current restrictions imposed worldwide.

Last month, organisers revealed that they were taking advice from various experts with regards to the event, but, as the situation has worsened, several competing teams have approached with concerns, which has led to them seeking further advice before making a decision.

Tournament chairman Victor Leonard said: “We have been weighing up concerns for the participating teams who would be coming from across the world. We have been watching the situation very closely and are constantly monitoring what is happening globally and here at home.

“We will be holding a conference call with stakeholders after which I expect we will make an announcement.”

That stakeholders meeting is due to take place on Tuesday, which will also include members of the relevant local councils.

La Liga side Valencia, who won the Premier section last year, had already confirmed their attendance in 2020 following their hugely successful debut.

Belfast Telegraph