COVID19: RKFC vs TRAU suspended, I-League halted till Mar 31
Srinagar: Player of Trau Football Club wearing protective maske in wake of spreading of noval coronavirus while leaves from stadium after the cancellation of their I-League match with Real Kashmir Football Club due to spreading of coronavirus, in Srinagar on Saturday, March 14, 2020. In wake of fear of coronavirus I-League match between Real Kashmir FC and Trau FC was cancelled which was scheduled to play closed-door in TRC Stadium. Meanwhile All India Football Federation (AIFF) in a statemnet said that all bootball activities has been been suspended fro March 15 till March 31. PTI Photo by Umar Ganie
New Delhi, Mar 14: All I-League matches from March 15 and other
football activities, barring the Indian Super League (ISL) final scheduled to
take place Saturday evening, have been suspended till March 31 due to ongoing
coronavirus pandemic, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on
“Adhering to the advisories
issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, and directives from
several state governments, all footballing activities under the aegis of AIFF
stay suspended till March 31, 2020,” said the AIFF in its statement.
“Furthermore, all Hero Second
Division, Hero Youth Leagues, Golden Baby Leagues, as well as, National
Competitions also stay suspended with immediate effect,” the AIFF added.
Earlier on Saturday, the I-League
match between Real Kashmir and TRAU FC which was scheduled to be held in
Srinagar did not go through. The match was to be held behind closed doors.
On Wednesday, the government had cancelled
all visas, except for a few official categories, till April 15 in the wake of
the rapidly growing coronavirus cases in the country and across the world.
The Sports Ministry also followed
this up by making it clear that all sporting events should be cancelled in the
wake of the coronavirus outbreak. And if it is unavoidable, the events should
be held behind closed doors to avoid mass-gatherings.
So far, over 80 confirmed cases of
coronavirus have been reported in India and two people have lost their lives
due to the disease.