1st Transplant Football World Cup postponed

Further to advice on March 13, the World Transplant Games Federation can officially confirm the proposed Transplant Football Cup for August this year has been postponed.

The WTGF and the Associazione Italiana Cultura Sport (AICS) – the hosts of the tournament – held a teleconference on March 25 to review the COVID-19 Pandemic and its potential impact upon this first-ever event.

It was due to be held in Cesenatico, Italy from 30 August – 5 September 2020.

The WTGF President, Chris Thomas, thanked AICS President, Mr Bruno Molea and representatives Filippo Tiberia and Valeria Gherardini for their continued commitment and understanding and hoped they too remained healthy and safe in Italy.

“Dozens of transplant sports meetings have been cancelled all around the world for the foreseeable future. It is incumbent upon all transplant sports organisations to place the health, safety and well-being of our recipients, their friends and family first,” Mr Thomas said.

“Until a vaccine is developed, our advice for recipients is to stay home, self-isolate and practice social distancing.

“We encourage everyone to remain active at home during this time. It is a great opportunity to include exercise as a regular routine in our daily lives.”

The COVID-19 Pandemic will be monitored and a decision will be made on the new dates in the upcoming months.

“The WTGF is committed to celebrating the gift of life through inspirational sporting and social events. They will return. Recipients are extremely resilient. They understand what it takes to protect themselves and we look forward to welcoming them back to the sporting field as soon as possible,” Mr Thomas concluded.