Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) finally postponed its upcoming elections without announcing the new dates due to COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.
The decision was made on Friday in an online BFF Executive Committee Emergency Meeting, chaired by BFF President Kazi Salahuddin, one day after the government enforced a 10-day shutdown countrywide to slow the spread of coronavirus.BFF polls, also known as BFF Elective Congress 2020, was scheduled to be held on April 20 while the schedule for the election was expected to be announced on April 3.
About the postponement BFF stated, “Due to the World Health Organization (WHO) declaring the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic, and the Government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh imposing a nationwide lockdown from March 26 to April 4 to curb the spread of the novel corona virus, any kind of public gathering is banned in Bangladesh. Bangladesh Football Federation Executive Committee has decided to postpone the ‘BFF Elective Congress 2020’ supposed to be held in April 20 unless the situation becomes normal and the same will be communicated with FIFA and AFC for their ratification.”
Earlier, BFF Senior Vice-President Abdus Salam Murshedy hinted the postponement of polls after the Professional Football League Committee meeting on Tuesday.
Two incumbent BFF Vice Presidents namely Badal Roy and Mohiuddin Ahmed Mohi, requested BFF President Kazi Md Salahuddin on March 19 to defer the elections due to coronavirus outbreak throughout the country but FIFA instructed BFF to go forward with plans to hold polls and congress on April 20 until the government declared state of emergency.
The last BFF election took place on April 30 in 2016 at Radisson Blu Hotel in Dhaka.