Women's World Cup 2022 To Go Ahead As Per Schedule Despite Surge In Omicron Cases

Published - 28 Jan 2022, 04:18 PM | Updated - 28 Jan 2022, 04:19 PM

ICC Women's World Cup trophy
ICC Women's World Cup Trophy. Image Credits: ICC

The Women’s World Cup 2022 will be held in New Zealand as per the schedule despite the surge in the Omicron variant in the country, the organisers confirmed on Friday.

The tournament will begin on March 4 and will be held across six different venues. There has also been a new set of restrictions introduced by the Kiwi government, as per Reuters. However, this shouldn’t affect the tournament’s schedule.

England, New Zealand, World Cup 2022
England won the 2017 women’s World Cup. Image-ICC

We did look at multiple contingency plans over the last 12 months but the plan is to retain the schedule as it is with the six venues. The contingency measures we’re putting in place relate to the kind of protecting the travel between those venues as much as possible,” Chief Executive Officer Andrea Nelson said in a virtual media call.

Fans’ participation in the World Cup 2022 event uncertain

It hasn’t been confirmed if the fans will be allowed into the stadium or even at a reduced capacity. For most sporting events around the world, the crowds have been restricted to 50%.

We’re doing a lot of work with all our venues and with the New Zealand government to maximise the attendance. The work we’re undertaking at the moment is how many groups of 100 can we fit within each stadium? And we’re working through a bit of detail on that.”

Indian women’s team (Photo-Getty), World Cup 2022
Indian women’s team (Photo-Getty)

When we set out to plan this event, it was really important that we showcase that global growth of women’s sport and inspire people here in New Zealand and around the world with the world’s best athletes in action. We’re looking to do that even more so if we are restricted with the number of people inside the stadium,” Nelson added.

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