Report by Press Trust of India:
India were forced out of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup on Sunday after a dozen COVID-19 cases among their players led to the cancellation of a group match against Chinese Taipei minutes before kickoff in Navi Mumbai.
Apart from the Covid-19 cases, two players were also laid low by injuries.
The Asian Football Confederation said given the situation, Article 4.1 of the tournament rules comes into effect, which makes it clear that if a team fails to assemble for a match, it would be “considered to have withdrawn from the relevant Competition.”
All India Football Federation President Praful Patel also issued a statement expressing sadness at the turn of events but surprisingly did not clarify the team’s tournament status.
“We are as disappointed as probably the entire nation would be right now with this unwarranted situation,” he said.
“However, the players’ health and well-being are of paramount importance to us, and it cannot be compromised under any circumstances. I wish all the infected players and team officials a swift and full recovery. They will be well supported by the AIFF and AFC.”
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