Report Wire - India compelled to withdraw from ladies’s Asian Cup after near a dozen gamers check constructive

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India compelled to withdraw from ladies’s Asian Cup after near a dozen gamers check constructive

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India had been compelled to withdraw from the Asian Cup after they had been unable to area a group for his or her Group A match in opposition to Chinese Taipei on Sunday after a Covid-19 outbreak throughout the squad.
It is learnt that just about a dozen members of the Indian camp examined constructive for the virus, leaving them with no different choice however to tug out of the essential encounter, thus leaving their marketing campaign in tatters.

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In an announcement, the Asian Football Confederation stated India failed to call a minimal of 13 gamers required to play the match. “In accordance with Article 4.1 of the ‘Special Rules Applicable to AFC Competitions during the COVID-19 pandemic’ (Special Rules), India was therefore unable to participate in the match and the full provisions of Article 4.1 will apply,” the AFC stated in an announcement.
The Rule 4.1 states: “If a Participating Team/Participating Club has less than thirteen (13) Participating Players (including one [1] goalkeeper) available for a Match for any reason (whether or not relating to COVID-19), the relevant Participating Team / Participating Club shall not be able to participate in the Match. Such Participating Team / Participating Club shall be held responsible for the Match not taking place and shall be considered to have withdrawn from the relevant Competition.”
At 6.30pm, an hour earlier than the scheduled 7.30pm kick-off, the 4 match officers and Chinese Taipei gamers entered the sector for the routine pre-match warm-up drills. But there have been no indicators of the Indians, who it’s believed didn’t even journey to the DY Patil stadium.
At 7.10pm, the Taipei gamers went to the dressing room to get modified. At 7.30pm, the match was formally known as off by the AFC.
The All India Football Federation has not made any remark.
This was India’s first look within the Asian Cup after 19 years. The group had focused to succeed in the quarterfinals however Sunday’s forfeiture will sprint their hopes.
The 12-nation match is being held in a bio-bubble, with no spectators allowed contained in the venues and the gamers nearly minimize off from the skin world. However, there have been two constructive circumstances within the Indian camp earlier than their first match in opposition to Iran, which led to a goalless draw.
The match in opposition to world quantity 39 Chinese Taipei was a must-win for India to maintain their hopes of reaching the quarterfinals alive. Hours earlier than the kickoff, although, studies of an outbreak throughout the group.

The AFC stated the match will proceed to be held with out the hosts. “The AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022™ will continue to be played as scheduled with the Group winners, runners-up and the two best third-placed teams qualifying to the Quarter-finals,” it stated. “The matter will now be referred to the relevant AFC Committee(s) in accordance with the applicable regulations.”