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South Korean K-pop band BTS announced Friday the formal cancellation of their Map of the Soul world tour that was postponed at the beginning of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Our company has worked hard to resume preparations for the BTS Map of the Soul Tour, knowing that all fans have been waiting eagerly and long for the tour," wrote Big Hit Music, the group's label, on their social network Weverse.

"However, due to changing circumstances beyond our control, it has become difficult to resume the performances at the same scale and timeline as previously planned. Therefore, we must announce the cancellation of the BTS Map of the Soul Tour," it added.