This year’s edition of the AFC Cup, Asia’s second-tier club competition, has been cancelled amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the continent’s governing body for football said in a statement on Thursday.

The competition had been suspended since March due to the novel coronavirus crisis and was originally scheduled to resume this month in centralised venues.

I-League club Chennai City was drawn to travel to Maldives for its group E matches. Chennai had opened its campaign with a 2-2 draw against Maziya on March 11.

“In view of the logistics in coordinating the five zones of the AFC Cup and completing the Inter Zone matches, the Executive Committee agreed that the pandemic created complexities which constituted a Force Majeure event and led to the cancellation of the 2020 competition,” the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) said.

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