Kanga Cup the latest victim of COVID-19 travel restrictions

Michael Weaver 17 April 2020
A goalkeeper at last year's Kanga Cup in Canberra

Thousands of footballers will miss participating in this year’s Kanga Cup. Photo: Region Media.

One of the region’s biggest junior sporting tournaments, the Kanga Cup, has had to postpone what would have been its 30th birthday because of COVID-19 travel restrictions.

Organised by Capital Football, the junior soccer tournament is held in Canberra in July each year. It’s the biggest youth football event in the southern hemisphere and attracts thousands of aspiring players, along with a strong showing of teams from Canberra and surrounds.

Tournament organisers released a statement yesterday (16 April) saying it was a tough decision to postpone this year’s event.

The Kanga Cup organising committee has made the decision to cancel the 2020 McDonald’s Kanga Cup, which was scheduled to be held in Canberra from the 5th to 10th of July 2020,” the statement said.

“Due to the Australian Government’s restrictions on all non-essential interstate and international travel, the committee decided it was not possible to celebrate McDonald’s Kanga Cup’s 30th birthday in 2020.”

Tournament director Megan Salic said the decision was difficult. 

“It is disappointing that the largest youth football tournament in the southern hemisphere, the McDonald’s Kanga Cup, will not go ahead this year,” Ms Salic said. 

“We want to ensure that our interstate and international participants, who make up nearly 75 per cent of teams at the McDonald’s Kanga Cup, have a chance to compete at our 30th birthday. 

“We look forward to celebrating our delayed birthday party with you all from the 4th to 9th of July 2021.”

Organisers said they considered rescheduling the event to the October school holidays; however, the dates clashed with another popular tournament in NSW.


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