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International Champions Cup canceled due to coronavirus pandemic

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The 2020 International Champions Cup has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, tournament organizers Relevent Sports Group announced on Friday.

This summer's edition would have been the eighth time that the tournament was held. But leagues around the world have been shut down due to the pandemic, and while a smattering of smaller competitions have continued -- like in Belarus and Nicaragua -- only in Germany is the sport scheduled to resume, with the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga targeting an early May return. That reality left little room for the ICC to maneuver.

"The health and safety of the players, staff, fans, and all who are involved in our matches is always paramount," Relevent CEO Daniel Sillman said in a statement. "The lack of clarity on when social distancing and shelter-in-place restrictions will be lifted and the uncertain international football calendar, with the potential for European domestic leagues and UEFA tournaments being played into August, means planning a Men's International Champions Cup this summer is unfeasible. We look forward to bringing the best clubs and most iconic matchups in the world to the U.S. and Asia in 2021."

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