The Indian Super League is scheduled to kick off in November at three venues in Goa.
The nine overseas recruits, eight players from Brazil and one from Fiji – will be the first foreign professional sportsmen to arrive in India, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, for the Indian Super League (ISL).
The next edition of the country’s premier football league will kick off in November at three venues in Goa, marking the resumption of top sporting activity in the country following the forced lockdown due to the coronavirus.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MEA) has granted permission to ten foreigners – nine players and one coaching staff to join their respective clubs for pre-season in Goa ahead of the ISL being hosted by Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL).
It is known that they also get permission to travel to India from their respective governments as well.
Odisha FC trio Marcelinho, Diego Mauricio and Rogerio Ramos (goalkeeping coach), along with two each from Bengaluru FC and Chennaiyin FC and one each from Hyderabad FC and Jamshedpur FC will leave Brazil to arrive in Goa early next month via London. , thanks to India. an ‘air bubble’ with Great Britain.
After obtaining the necessary permits from the Indian government, the Brazilian contingent will first fly to the UK and carry out quarantine prior to boarding a flight to India, strictly following the health and safety protocols set out in the ISL SOP, a source close to development. was told PTI.
Likewise, Roy Krishna of ATK Mohun Bagan has left his home country, Fiji to undergo a two-week quarantine in New Zealand and needs to test negative three times before reaching India.
All foreigners upon reaching Goa will need to undergo five more rounds of testing in 12 days under self-isolation before entering the ISL bio bubble.
While the league and club are continuing discussions with the authorities to get visa permits for the remaining foreign players and staff, domestic players have started arriving in Goa.
Several ATK Mohun Bagan players left for Goa on Saturday while the entire Hyderabad FC team reached their hotel in Panaji by road in two separate buses, after going through seven days of isolation in the capital Telangana.
Bengaluru FC domestic players are already at the club’s residential academy complex in Bellary and undergo three rounds of mandatory testing before the team can leave for Goa.
India’s FC Goa player has also reached Goa and is in self-isolation.
With strict health and safety guidelines, the 2020-21 season ISL will be held behind closed doors at three venues in Goa.
The league is likely to start in the third week of November and continue through March next year.
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