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The Cancellation of SANTEN IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix Tokyo 2020


The SANTEN IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix Tokyo 2020, one of the most important tournaments in the official calendar of the International Blind Sport Federation (IBSA), has to be cancelled due to the coronavirus (COVID – 19) outbreak.


Japan Blind Football Association (JBFA), local organizer of the event, analysed carefully the different options, such as playing the matches behind closed doors, postponing the dates, scaling down the competition or, which was the final decision, the cancellation of the tournament. After the Japanese government demanded organizers to consider cancelling or postponing big sport and cultural events for 2 weeks from February 26th and the Japan Para-Sport Association requested not to hold sport events till the end of March, JBFA had a meeting with IBSA and the final decision of cancellation was taken.


The championship was going to be the played in Shinagawa City (Tokyo, Japan) from March 16th to March 21st 2020. Eight of the best teams in the World were going to be present trying to get first prize. Seven of those teams will be also playing the Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020: Japan, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, France, China and Thailand. Germany completed the group of 8 teams. World Grand Prix started two years ago and Argentina came in top in each of the past two competitions. This edition was going to have the participation of Brazil and China for the very first time.


Organizing such a big event implies a lot of human and financial effort. The International Blind Football Foundation (IBF Foundation) is always ready to keep helping in the developing of blind football all around the world. IBF Foundation has a very experienced staff, which was going to be very important to help in the previous organization of the SANTEN IBSA Blind Football World Grand Prix 2020 and also during the championship.

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