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 Saturday.

“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.

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