Despite the pandemic situation, the All-India Football Federation (AIFF) successfully hosted the 2020-21 Indian Super League, I-League, and the recently concluded AFC Champions League Group E matches without any turmoil. Moving forward, the AIFF President Praful Patel has now set his plans for the upcoming season and is highly hopeful for an early start.
Currently, the entire nation is suffering from the wrath of the mutated coronavirus and the situation has gone downhill in the last few days. India had recently recorded the highest number of corona cases for a single day and had also registered a record number of causalities. Considering the present circumstances, it will be a huge challenge for AIFF to resume the sport in the country.
In an attempt to counter the prevailing difficulties, Praful Patel met the members of the State Associations in a video conference on Friday (April 30, 2021) to discuss the roadmap for the upcoming season.
As an outcome, The AIFF president came up with the decision to plead the State Government to administer the vaccines on priority to the senior football players. Patel believes that this would help them resume the football activities sooner and safer.
The 64-year-old Patel then took to Twitter and announced “I plan to write to the heads of the governments of every state to give priority vaccinations to all the senior players. This will help us resume footballing activities a little earlier than usual, once the situation becomes more stable”.
Last season, many players suffered from injuries and struggled to find form due to a tight schedule and a short pre-season. We hope that it won’t be repeated this time as AIFF is making some efforts to put things back on track for the upcoming season.