By Ben Turner The World Cup of Nations has been postponed until July 10 because of Tropical Storm Winston, but the first group stage matches will be played in August.
The games will be held on August 6 and 7, in Germany and France respectively.
The event, hosted by the German government, has been delayed by Tropical Storm Winters because of the lack of adequate funding for the 2022 World Cup, which will be the biggest sporting event in history.
The games, which take place at the German Olympic Stadium, will be broadcast live from the stadium on both TV and radio.
“Winston has damaged our stadiums, and has caused us considerable financial hardship,” said German Sports Minister Andreas Schulz.
“We cannot risk losing the 2019 World Cup to this disaster, even if it means postponing the event until 2021.
The decision of postponing this tournament has no economic benefit for Germany.”
Winston hit the German port city of Hamburg, destroying several buildings and leaving many homes without power and gas.
It left about 100,000 people without electricity and water.
It is the first time in modern history that the host nation has been forced to host an event on a tropical storm.
The 2022 World Championship is scheduled to take place in Qatar from September 4-12.
Germany’s decision to postpone the tournament came after a long negotiation with organisers Fifa and the host government.
Germany and its former president, Joachim Gauck, were unable to secure sufficient funding from Fifa, which has faced repeated allegations of corruption.
The government has repeatedly threatened to sue the association and to boycott the tournament if it is not made public.