FREQUENTLY ANSWER AND QUESTION
Q: IF THE NATIONAL FINALS ARE CANCELED, WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO THE KIDS WHO HAVE REGISTERED AND PLAYED IN REGIONAL MATCHES (E.G. SOUTH SULAWESI AND PAPUA)? WHAT ABOUT THOSE WHO HAVEN’T PLAYED YET?
- Danone-AQUA appreciates the enthusiasm of all the teams that have registered and participated in this year’s AQUA DNC tournament. However, considering the current situation, with much regret we have to inform you that there will not be any next step for every participant, including the winners on the Regional Finals, within this year.
- As a token of gratitude from Danone-AQUA to the winning teams on Regional Finals and those who passed the regional prequalifications, we will present awards as a form of appreciation towards the spirit and perseverance shown by those kids.
- Hopefully, this decision can be understood by all.
- We thank you for your patience and understanding.
Q: WILL THE PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE NOT YET PLAYED IN THE TOURNAMENT THIS YEAR BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE AQUA DNC TOURNAMENT IN 2021?
- Yes, if the participant fulfills the criteria of AQUA DNC 2021.
- When the public registration of the AQUA DNC 2021 tournament is open.
- One of the most important criteria that have to be complied with by every participant is age. AQUA DNC tournament is open for kids aged 10-12 all over Indonesia. Therefore, if a participant does not fulfill those criteria, with regret we have to inform you that they are not able to compete in the AQUA DNC tournament. You can see the full information regarding participants’ criteria on the website https://www.sehataqua.co.id/aquaDNC
Q: WHY WAS DNC 2020 WORLD FINALS CANCELED?
- After monitoring the situation closely, coordinating with involved parties, and in compliance with the World Health Organization (WHO) appeals, with deep regret and for the first time in our 20 year history, Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals had to be canceled due to the un-improving situation.
- This was a tough decision to make because Danone Nations Cup was one of the annual events that are most anticipated by millions of kids and fans all over the world. Danone Nations Cup is also a very important event for us in promoting a healthy lifestyle, supporting the provision of clean water access, and making football dreams of kids all over the world come true.
- However, currently, we need to prioritize our health and safety, considering all the participating countries are battling the spread of the Coronavirus.
Q: HOW MANY AQUA DNC 2020 PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES WERE CANCELED?
- The cancellation of the Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals affects all participating countries.
Q: WHY DIDN’T DANONE DECIDE TO DO A DOUBLE-EDITION, WHERE PARTICIPANTS FROM 2020 AND 2021 CAN COMPETE IN THE WORLD FINALS TOGETHER IN 2021?
- We had hoped to be able to do just that.
- However, as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, after thorough coordination with the participating countries and empathizing with their respective circumstances, we decided that the cancellation of the World Finals was the best for every party involved in the Danone Nations Cup.
- Several Danone Nations Cup matches in several different countries were also canceled, therefore the possibility to hold a double-edition World Finals is unlikely if there are only very little to no teams qualifying in the local tournaments.
- As additional information, in 2018 and 2019, all the local tournaments were held simultaneously, thus enabling us to organize the biggest World Finals match in Barcelona. However, this is different from 2020 and this is what made us decide to hold the next Danone Nations Cup in 2021.
Q: WHAT ACTIONS HAVE DANONE TAKEN TO ADDRESS THE COVID-19 SITUATION?
- Danone has diverted the DNC funds to aid the parties affected by the Coronavirus all over the world, including Indonesia, towards the Common Goal movement.
- The Common Goal movement was created by streetfootballworld, which is a world-renowned organization in the field of football. This organization has a goal to encourage players, managers, competition organizers, and football clubs to donate a minimum of 1% of their income to a collective fund for a charity activity.
- The fund collected by the Common Goal movement will be utilized for:
- Supplying food and other basic needs for the people going through pandemic-related crises
- Providing access to online studying and education materials for kids who have to study from home
- After the pandemic subsides and the world enters a recovery phase, the fund will be utilized to aid youth education and to support their sports activities
- Meanwhile, Danone Indonesia, through two of its businesses Danone-AQUA and Danone Specialized Nutrition, is committed to supporting the government and the people’s collective efforts in controlling the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic by channeling funds of up to IDR 30 billion.
- This aid is donated in the form of cash, health and safety equipment, and Danone products, which will be sent out to various hospitals that are taking care of COVID-19 patients in Indonesia, as well as those who are affected and are prone to be affected by the current condition.
Q: WOULD THE CANCELLATION OF DANONE NATIONS CUP 2020 WORLD FINALS AFFECT THE AQUA DANONE NATIONS CUP (AQUA DNC) 2021?
- The cancellation of the Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals will not affect AQUA DNC 2021.
- We hope to keep being able to make Indonesian kids’ football dreams come true with AQUA DNC, through selection rounds just like its previous years - beginning with regional level, national level, until the world finals.
Q: WHERE WILL THE DNC 2021 FINALS BE HELD?
- We are happy to announce that the DNC 2021 World Finals would still be held in Jakarta, Indonesia.
- Indonesia was the first country in Asia to host the DNC World Finals.
- As we have understood, the Danone Nations Cup has become a very well-known tournament in Indonesia. Each year since 2003, there are more than 500 teams that participated in the tournament.
- One of the tangible proof of Danone’s commitment to developing youth football all over the world, including Indonesia, was the achievement that was triumphed by Andik Vermansah, who is a national football player as well as AQUA DNC alumnus.
- We will work hard to make Danone Nations Cup 2021 a legendary tournament by involving many more countries, also girls and boys from all over the world.
Q: DOES THIS MEAN THAT DNC 2020 WILL NOT HAVE A CHAMPION?
- We believe that the Danone Nations Cup tournament is not just about winning or losing, but how every participant this far have gotten the benefits of the tournament itself.
- Despite much regret of the cancellation, we need to prioritize the health and safety of all the participants from the countries participating in the Danone Nations Cup.
Q: IF THE WORLD FINALS IS CANCELED, WHAT ABOUT THE KIDS WHO HAVE BECOME NATIONAL CHAMPIONS?
- Danone gives the freedom to every participating country to take action upon their own discretion regarding the announced champions of regional and national levels.
- Danone will review the decision of each country and ensure that there will not be any dispute between those decisions and the official decision, which is the cancellation of the Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals match.
- In Indonesia itself, with deep regret, Danone-AQUA has to cancel the whole tournament of the AQUA Danone Nations Cup. This cancellation includes the Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals in Jakarta, Indonesia, because the situation has not improved yet.
Q: PREVIOUSLY, DANONE-AQUA HAS MENTIONED THAT THE AQUA DNC REGIONAL MATCHES AND THE NATIONAL FINALS WILL BE POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE. WHY WERE THEY EVENTUALLY CANCELED?
- After monitoring the current situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinating with the authorities and in compliance with the Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia Number 21 of 2020 on Large Scale Social Restrictions to Accelerate the Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), with deep regret, Danone-AQUA has to cancel the whole AQUA DNC tournament, starting with the Regional Prequalifications and Finals, National Finals, until the Danone Nations Cup World Finals.
- This was such a tough decision for us to make because AQUA DNC plays an important role in developing the football skills of Indonesia’s youth and in promoting an active and healthy lifestyle for Indonesian families.
- However, currently, we need to prioritize the health and safety of the Indonesian people, including the kids who were participating, parents, managers, supporters, and organizers.
- We are committed to keep sending Indonesia’s young talents to world levels through the next AQUA DNC tournaments. We will keep informing the public on our plans in the future, including the preparations for AQUA DNC 2021 because Indonesia will still be hosting DNC World Finals in 2021.
- Thank you for your continued understanding and support for AQUA DNC.
Q: WHICH AQUA DNC TOURNAMENT MATCHES WERE CANCELED?
- The matches that were canceled included the National Finals and the Regional Finals in 10 areas that have not yet been held, which are South Sumatera, East Kalimantan, North Sumatera, East Java, Bali, Special Region of Yogyakarta, East Nusa Tenggara, Aceh, West Java and Special Capital Region of Jakarta.
- Moreover, the Danone Nations Cup 2020 World Finals in Jakarta, Indonesia, with deep regret and for the first time in Danone Nations Cup’s 20 years of history, had to be canceled.