I-League postponed by 6 weeks following surge in Covid cases

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NEW DELHI: The All India Football Federation League Committee on Monday decided to postpone the Hero I-League by at least six weeks after a fresh COVID-19 outbreak hit the participating teams inside the bio-bubble.

I-League was suspended for a week last Wednesday after COVID-19 breached its bio-bubble. Eight players and three officials had tested positive last week.

The decision followed the League Committee's meeting via video conferencing with representatives all participating clubs of I-League 2021-22, wherein the AIFF put forward to the clubs the suggestion of Dr Harsh Mahajan, a member of the AIFF Sports Medical Committee, to postpone the league.

Dr Mahajan informed the clubs that with the number of positive cases rising all over the country exponentially, the new Covid norms and restrictions being implemented by the government of West Bengal, it was prudent that the I-League 2021-22 be postponed by at least six weeks, a suggestion that was corroborated by all the participating clubs at the meeting.

The League Committee will have a review meeting after four weeks to take stock of the situation.

“The Omicron variant spreads very fast but also comes down very rapidly. We also need to take into account and consider the government regulations and policies,” Dr Mahajan averred.

The protocol of the bio bubble will continue till January 7, as all teams will be tested again on January 5, and teams can travel back to their respective destinations once they are tested negative. Players and officials who have tested positive in the team hotels who have already been isolated will be treated, and quarantined in Kolkata as per the health parameters laid down and will be allowed to leave the bubble after they test negative.


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