The All India Football Federation (AIFF), on Sunday, announced that the Indian Women’s League(IWL) play-offs have been postponed until further notice. Due to the rise of COVID cases all over the country.
The fixtures were supposed to held in Delhi from April 7 to 14. But now there is no news on when these games will be held or will be held or not. A total of 9 teams were participating in the tournament Qualifiers, the teams were: Travancore FC(Kerala), BBK DAV(Punjab), Sethu FC(Tamil Nadu), Techtro Swades United FC(Himachal Pradesh), MM Football Club(Punjab), Barwani FC(Madhya Pradesh), Shirsh Bihar United FC(Assam), Mata Rukmani FC(Chattisgarh) and Goukulam Kerala FC(Kerala).
“After internal discussions and communication with the clubs and state associations, and keeping in mind the safety and security of the players and officials in view of the rise of COVID-19 cases all over the country, the playoffs of the Hero Indian Women’s League have been postponed until further notice. We once again urge the state associations conducting competitions to take utmost precautions relating to the health and safety of the players“, said AIFF in their statement.
As disappointing as it gets, but fans can only wait because COVID is something that has to be taken more seriously and the decision taken by AIFF looks sensible after seeing the current situation of the Country. India has reported 93,249 COVID cases since Saturday, the highest daily rise since the middle of September last year.
The Country has been registering a constant spike in cases for the 25th day in a row. Delhi, the venue of the play-offs has recorded 3500 cases for the second consecutive day on Saturday. So, it is safe to say the AIFF has taken the right decision for the betterment of the teams, players, officials, and the Country. But it’s a decision which can result in losses for clubs and it also raises doubts on whether IWL will go through or not.
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