The I-League 2nd division will be the 1st major sports event in India since the Coronavirus outbreak started. The AIFF will obviously have a huge task on hand in order to ensure safety of the players, coaching staff and match officials and conduct the competition smoothly. Here are all the details of the I-League qualifiers.
Duration of the Tournament
The tournament will be held from 8th October to 19th October
The matches will be held at the Kalyani Stadium and the iconic Yuba Bharati Krirangan. Kalyani has been alloted 6 matches while YBK has got 4.
As per Bengali Media, the teams will train at the YBK practice grounds (×2) and SAI training grounds (×2) during the tournament
All the five teams will be put up at a 5 star facility called the Hyatt Regency in Kolkata.
“In the first of its kind of initiative, All India Football Federation has decided to put up all the teams and match officials in a five-star hotel. Prior to reporting, all the teams need to carry out RT-PCR test (Gold-standard test) twice for each member who’ll be part of the contingent during the Hero I-League qualifiers 2020,” I-League CEO Sunando Dhar informed.
While the first test must be conducted between September 15 and 18, 2020, the following one will need to be done between September 22 and 23. Only those players and officials whose both reports will be negative will be allowed into the designated team hotel. Reports will have to be uploaded on AIFF CMS before the date of arrival at the team hotel.
Once all the teams check-in, All India Football Federation will monitor every member through regular checks including body temperature, oxygen level, etc, as well as RT-PCR test on pre-determined dates.
After reaching the hotel, first scheduled RT-PCR test will be conducted on September 28, 2020. If any team member will test positive, he/ she will be isolated without any delay while others will be allowed to resume training.
The teams will also be provided dedicated time slots for their gym sessions.
“AIFF-appointed officials will supervise daily check-ups and make sure everyone is fully fit and out of danger. Any kind of sickness will be reported without any delay, and proper action will be taken by our medical team. AIFF is working closely with IFA (India Football Association) and will try to ensure no loose ends during the entire process,” Mr. Dhar assured.
The I-League 2nd division final round is usually streames live on the I-League’s official facebook page. Mohammedan Sporting technical director Dipendu Biswas has assured fans that Mohammedan will be streaming the matches on their social media platforms in case there is no other form of streaming. They had roped in Kolkata TV earlier this year to broadcast their home matches during the group stage. As per 1Sports commentator Sohan Podder, Instat is also considering to stream the tournament and a decision is expected to be reached soon.
Discussions are on with Instat …next week we can expect confirmation regarding Broadcasting of Qualifier's
— Sohan Podder (@SohanPodder2) September 19, 2020