I-League Suspended For At Least A Week After 8 Gamers Take a look at Constructive For COVID-19 | Soccer Information

I-League was on Wednesday suspended for not less than every week after COVID-19 breached its bio-bubble as eight gamers and three officers have examined constructive for the dreaded virus. 5 gamers and three crew officers from Actual Kashmir FC, one participant every from Mohammedan Sporting, debutants Sreenidi Deccan FC and Aizawl FC returned constructive within the checks performed on Tuesday. “The following spherical of matches (on December 30 and 31) might be rescheduled. We are going to evaluation the scenario on January 4,” I-League Chairman Subrata Dutta advised PTI after an emergency assembly. The primary spherical matches had been performed on Sunday and Monday whereas the third spherical video games are scheduled for January 4 and 5.

Sreenidi, Mohammedan Sporting, NEROCA and Aizawl FC have matches scheduled for Thursday whereas RKFC have a sport on Friday. All these second-round matches will now be performed later.


No matches had been scheduled for Wednesday.

In accordance with All India Soccer Federation (AIFF) sources, the matches on January 4 are unlikely to be performed however there’s a risk that January 5 video games might be held if no additional constructive circumstances emerge.

All of the gamers who’ve examined constructive have already been remoted with AIFF monitoring and arranging for subsequent common medical consultations, an I-League assertion stated.

The outbreak occurred on the Novotel Lodge, one of many three bio-bubbles, arrange by the organisers for the soccer League that started on Sunday.


In addition to RKFC, Sreenidi Deccan and Mohammedan Sporting, the three different groups staying on the Novotel Lodge are Rajasthan United, Aizawl FC and NEROCA.

Dutta chaired the emergency digital assembly of the League Committee to take a call on continuation or suspension of the league.

“The Committee unanimously determined to postpone the Hero I-League 2021-22 matches for the subsequent spherical which had been scheduled on December 30-31, 2021,” the league assertion stated.

“The League will evaluation the scenario as soon as all check outcomes are available in on January 4, 2022, and attain a consensus thereafter together with the subsequent spherical matches on Jan 4-5.” It stated all of the gamers, employees and referees have been examined on Wednesday. They are going to be examined once more on January 1 and three.


The I-League Committee stated it took into critical consideration the recommendation of Dr Harsh Mahajan, a member of the AIFF Sports activities Medical Committee, “to stick to medical parameters and transfer ahead collectively with out making any compromise on the well being of the gamers which is of paramount significance.” “Dr. Mahajan, knowledgeable that there must be naked minimal contact amongst all for the subsequent 5-7 days as research point out that each the Delta and Omicron variant may be handed onto different human our bodies inside the interval.” Earlier within the day, I-League CEO Sunando Dhar had confirmed the COVID outbreak and stated that the protection of the gamers and officers had been of paramount significance.

13 groups are competing on this yr’s I-League throughout three venues — the Mohun Bagan Floor in Kolkata, the Kalyani Stadium at Kalyani and the Naihati Stadium at Naihati.

RKFC proprietor Sandeep Chattoo admitted a few of his crew’s gamers have examined constructive, although he didn’t share what number of and who.

“Sure, RKFC has additionally some constructive circumstances, gamers from all (six) groups are suspected (of COVID-19),” he stated.


“There was one spherical of checks on December 21 and all my gamers had been unfavorable. This newest checks had been performed yesterday.” All of the gamers and officers had been required to stay in quarantine for six days of their respective motels after arrival from there bases. They had been to be examined twice throughout these six days.

As per the protocols laid out for the league, anybody who checks constructive might be remoted on completely different flooring of the resort and should have three consecutive unfavorable check outcomes earlier than becoming a member of the team-mates.

Dhar had earlier stated that each one the gamers participating within the I-League should be totally vaccinated aside from U-18 gamers and people who have not too long ago recovered from COVID-19 an infection.

The U-18 gamers and people who haven’t received their jabs attributable to latest COVID-19 restoration should bear extra frequent testing throughout the event than the vaccinated gamers.



“If the totally vaccinated gamers are having checks for each 5-6 days, they (U-18 gamers and not too long ago recovered gamers) might be examined each 3-4 days,” he had stated.

Final season’s I-League, which was competed by 11 groups, was additionally held beneath bio-secure atmosphere in Kolkata and Kalyani, and 6 COVID-19 circumstances had been reported then.

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