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Coronavirus Impact: CONMEBOL Ask FIFA for Extension to 2022 World Cup Qualification Delay

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar  (Photo Credit: Reuters)

The 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar (Photo Credit: Reuters)

CONMEBOL requested FIFA to postpone the South American qualifying rounds for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to September 2020.

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Asuncion: South American football's governing body CONMEBOL said on Thursday it will ask FIFA to delay the start of the region's qualification campaign for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The first two rounds of qualifying games due to begin later this month have already been postponed as all football leagues in South America have been shut down over the deadly virus. CONMEBOL said in a statement it was taking "extreme precautions ... in line with the recommendations indicated by international authorities regarding public health."

"Request FIFA to postpone the South American qualifying rounds for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 to September 2020," CONMEBOL said in a statement.

"By doing this, the confederation ensures all precautions are taken against the global and regional spread of the coronavirus, in line with the recommendations of international health authorities," it added.

The first two rounds were due to be played on March 26-27 and March 31 but FIFA previously granted CONMEBOL a postponement.

But with all South American countries under various degrees of lockdown as the coronavirus spread has started to accelerate in the region, CONMEBOL doesn't want to try rescheduling those games before the next round in September.

(With inputs from Agencies)

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