The 2020 iteration of the Homeless World Cup has been cancelled as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the sporting calendar.
The global football tournament, which brings together more than 500 homeless people from all over the world to represent their nation, was due to be held in Tampere, Finland, from June 28 to July 6 at the city’s Ratina stadium.
Organisers released a statement on Friday that read: “We are extremely sad to announce that the Tampere 2020 Homeless World Cup is cancelled.
“Unfortunately, the risks associated with the widespread virus COVID-19, and the uncertainty in travel restrictions as well as disruption to the activities of our Street Football Partners in the run-up to the event, have led us to a decision that will undoubtedly be disappointing to many, although we are confident is appropriate under these unprecedented circumstances.
“The Homeless World Cup Foundation will continue as normal with everyone focused on our vision of a world without homelessness.”