April 28, 2009
SWINE FLU 3, CONCACAF 0
Confederation's beach tourney postponed
NEW YORK---The swine flu is wreaking havoc with CONCACAF tournaments.
The CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, scheduled to kick off in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Wednesday has been postponed indefinitely due to the growing concerns of swine flu in the country.
The decision by CONCACAF, in consultation with FIFA and Beach Soccer Worldwide, the organizer for the event, follows Monday's decision to cancel the remainder of the CONCACAF Under-17 tournament and postpone the second-leg of the Champions League final to safeguard the health and safety of players, officials and fans.
A new date for the six-team CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championship, which was to conclude Sunday with the title match, has not been determined. Different options are being evaluated.
On Monday,the decision to cancel the semifinals and finals of the U-17 Championship in Tijuana and postpone the Champions League match between two Mexican pro sides, Atlante FC and CD SC Cruz Azul in Cancun followed the move by Mexican governmental authorities to close schools nationwide.