The 2022 campaign is asunder after the Asian Football Confederation, AFC, postpone 2022 Women’s Asian Cup draw for the qualifiers.
Host country for the 2022 Cup, India fell prey to a dangerous second wave of coronavirus cases.
The qualifiers for the tournament would have kicked off from September 13 to 25, 2021, at centralised venues.
And the 2022 Asian Cup would have played from January to February 2022 across three venues in India.
Navi Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, and Ahmedabad would’ve been the host cities but Mumbai and Ahmedabad have high density of COVID cases.
While the draw for this would’ve taken place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on May 27, 2021, AFC have delayed it.
Whether the postponement of the draw will affect the tournament remains to be seen, especially considering the fact that India is struggling with the pandemic currently.
AFC Postpone 2022 Women’s Asian Cup Draw
India, 2022’s host nation, has recently been reeling under the second wave of Covid-19 with the rates in fatality surging.
Moreover, the pandemic situation is grim in Malaysia and across Asia as well.
So, AFC have decided to postpone the draw for the qualifiers, because Malaysia is currently unsafe for the qualifiers draw.
However, at the same time, AFC have confirmed that the other draws will go ahead as planned.
The draw for the qualifying matches of the 2022 AFC U20 Women’s Asian Cup in Uzbekistan will proceed as planned. So will the draw for the 2022 AFC U17 Women’s Asian Cup in Indonesia, with both draws on May 27.
After taking into account the current situation, AFC have decided to wait till cases in Asia drop.
“Taking into careful consideration the current challenges and logistical arrangements, the AFC agreed that the postponement of the draw was a necessary step due to rising COVID-19 cases in the host nation as well as across the Continent keeping in mind the wellbeing and safety of all teams, players, officials and relevant stakeholders,” the statement from AFC read.