Head coach of Jamaica's rugby league team, Romeo Monteith says the postponement of the Americas Championship from this year to 2021, is a major blow to preparations for the World Cup next year.
The Americas Championship which was slated to be hosted in Jamaica in November, would have seen the Reggae Warriors looking to defend their title against the United States, Canada and Chile.
This event has now been pushed back to May 2021.
Jamaica is in Group "C" of the Rugby League World Cup and will face New Zealand, Ireland and Lebanon in the group stages.
The tournament is set to run from October 23 to November 27 in England next year.
Jamaica secured qualification for the tournament after winning the 2018 edition of the Americas Championship.