Solomon Islands believe the postponement of the Futsal World Cup could work to their advantage.
The 2020 tournament in Lithuania was originally scheduled to kick off on 12 September but FIFA announced on Tuesday the event would be delayed by 12 months because of the ongoing impacts of Covid-19.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) President William Lai said
the coronavirus is something the whole world has to overcome.
“Therefore the postponement is not surprising, actually. So, in this way, we feel that if it’s necessary it’s ok – I think it’s fine. We can do more preparation, internal competition, so next year we can continue our training programme if the border opens up,” he said.
Solomon Islands have recorded zero cases of Covid-19 although the
country remains under a State of Public Emergency, which includes a ban
on all sporting activities.
William Lai is hoping the government will ease restrictions in the
coming days, which would enable the Solomon Islands Futsal League to
belatedly get its 2020 season underway.
“We planned to restart our competition in April but because of this
Covid-19 we stopped, so therefore I think it’s not too late [to start
again]. We are going to start that competition maybe in a few weeks