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AIFF League committee has announced that Kolkata will be hosting the 2nd Division Qualifiers and I-League 2020/21 Season. Stadium hosting the matches will be announced on a later date.

The decision was taken after AIFF League committee met via video conferencing today. The meeting was chaired by AIFF Sr. Vice President Mr. Subrata Dutta and was attended by Mr. Kushal Das and League CEO Mr. Sunando Dhar, Mr. Souter Vaz, Mr. Anil Kumar, Mr. BK Roka and Mr. Chirag Tanna.

Referring to dealing with the COVID bubble, Mr. Dutta stressed on the necessity to “strictly adhere to the medical parameters.” 

“The League department has already prepared the SOP which is to be strictly followed. The onus this year is not on the clubs but on the AIFF and the concerned State Associations since we have already decided that the Leagues would be held in one venue. We need to adhere to all the safety protocols to ensure that not a single player or official gets infected,” he added. 

“We need to leave no stone unturned and have a number of workshops to educate all stakeholders as we are currently working against all odds.”

Keeping in mind the available infrastructure facilities, and also the assurance from the Minister of Sports, Government of West Bengal about granting requisite permissions to organise the Hero 2nd division qualifiers, and subsequently the Hero I-League 2020-21 including arranging for practice sessions for the participating clubs, the Committee unanimously decided to grant hosting rights of the Hero 2nd division qualifiers, and the Hero I-League to IFA, Kolkata. 

The Hero 2nd division qualifiers will also serve as a dress rehearsal for the Hero I-League and enable all involved stakeholders to understand the COVID bubble and operate likewise for a seamless operation, the Committee felt. 

The schedule and date for the Hero 2nd division qualifiers and the Hero I-League, however, would be finalised once the guidelines from the Central Government are issued. 

Furthermore, keeping in mind the current pandemic situation, the Committee granted an extension till September 30, 2020 for submission of all relevant documents for Academies applied under the AIFF Academy Accreditation.

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