New Delhi, July 13
The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup will likely be held behind closed doorways solely within the worst-case state of affairs, All India Football Federation basic secretary Kushal Das mentioned on Monday amid a continued rise within the nation’s COVID-19 case depend.
Already postponed as soon as, the match is to be held from February 17 to March 7 subsequent 12 months as per the revised schedule.
“In the worst case scenario, we will have to do it behind closed doors and that will be a pity (especially after the grand success of the men’s U-17 World Cup in 2017), but human lives are of course most important,” Das mentioned throughout a webinar organised by Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industries (BCCI).
The pandemic has thus far claimed greater than 22,000 lives within the nation with the variety of optimistic instances crossing eight lakh.
The camp for the match is prone to start in August with Jharkhand rising because the frontrunner to be the host. The state’s Chief Minister Hemant Soren has taken it upon himself to play host.
“It’s a very tricky issue. We discussed with the Goa government in terms of camps but we are also in talks with other governments. For example, Jharkhand, where the CM himself is interested because there are 8-10 girls in the squad from the state,” Das mentioned.
“Different states have completely different protocols. With the Jhakhand venture led by the CM himself, I’m certain it could be simpler for us that method by way of protocols.
“It is definitely going to start by first week of August or around August 15,” he added.
Regarding the senior nationwide males’s crew, which has two World Cup Qualifiers scheduled towards Qatar and Afghanistan in October and November respectively, the highest federation official mentioned its camp will likely be held in Bhubaneswar.
“As regards travels, it varies from state to state, place to place, they all have different protocols.”
He mentioned bills incurred in testing of gamers will likely be taken care of by the AIFF, which is wanting ahead to some FIFA assist to sail via the disaster.
The first instalment from the worldwide soccer physique is prone to come round July 20.
“It is our responsibility to test players during camps. FIFA has declared a special grant for COVID, but of course, they have not said how this is going to be used. But we are going to use some of the amount in testing.”
If the state of affairs stays the identical within the coming months, he mentioned will probably be extraordinarily tough to host worldwide matches (World Cup qualifiers), what with all of the travelling and quarantining.
“We have written to the Sports Ministry. Once the international flights start, which is I think from July 15, some protocols will be in place hopefully.” PTI