Goa to host Indian Super League as per SOPs, MHA tips: Minister

Panaji, August 17

Goa Sports Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar has mentioned the Indian Super League shall be held within the coastal state as per the usual working procedures and tips of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs within the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Goa authorities would additionally attempt to enhance tourism within the state by internet hosting the Indian Super League (ISL), Ajgaonkar advised reporters on Sunday.

All matches of the seventh version of ISL can be held at three venues in Goa, seemingly in November, amid strict well being and security measures to take care of the COVID-19 menace, the organisers mentioned on Sunday.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda in Margao, the Tilak Nagar Stadium at Vasco da Gama and the GMC Athletic Stadium at Bambolim are the venues slated to host the matches.

Ajgaonkar mentioned the Goa authorities is completely happy to host ISL within the state.

“We have already given permission for the ISL games in Goa, he said, adding that all SOPs will be followed along with guidelines of the MHA. Football is our state game and through it, we will be pushing for tourism,” mentioned Ajgaonkar, who additionally holds cost of the Tourism Department within the Pramod Sawant-led authorities.

He mentioned almost 500 rooms in numerous inns can be booked for the occasion, which would supply enterprise to the tourism stakeholders.

The matches can be held with out the presence of spectators on the venues, the Minister added.

“But, if we manage to find any solution for COVID-19, then we might even allow spectators,” he added. PTI

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