Recently, the Solomon Islands Football Federation stated the governing body president William Lai is set to organize an emergency meeting to discuss about the concern around the Coronavirus outbreak. Despite not having any confirmed case in Solomon Islands, Lai is worried about the possibilities the outbreak to spread to his country: “We will try to see if the upcoming Youth Solomon Cup in April and Solomon Cup in June will go ahead or not. SIFF is responsible, transparent and cares about the game but we take the welfare and health of our players, officials at paramount importance. Whatever decision we make after the consultation with relevant health authorities“, explained SIFF’s president to the governing body media.
Football was hit strongly by COVID-19 outbreak: many football matches were played at closed doors for supporters and in many other cases competitions were postponed. The fast-spreading virus forces the authorities to important decisions, as to not allow events with big crowds – as normally happens at football matches.
Recently, Oceania Football Confederation postponed until May all events coordinated by the confederation. The Fijian FA also postponed the Tri-Nations international friendly tournament, tournament that Solomon Islands national team was going to play.
The decisions by the Solomon Islands FA is set to be known soon.