FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2022: The Indian football team will assemble in Delhi and the players will have to produce two negative COVID-19 results before traveling to Doha by May 20.
Qatar was picked by the Asian Football Confederation in March as the centralized venue to host the remaining Group E matches owing to the coronavirus-related travel and quarantine restrictions.
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The Qatar government has barred the quarantine stage for the Indian football team, giving it a time of roughly two weeks to prepare before the World Cup/Asian Cup qualifying match on June 3 in Doha.
There will be two rounds of testing as the players have been asked to get a negative COVID-19 test report before arriving in Delhi. After that, the players will undergo the second round of testing at the capital.
After obtaining the required permission from the host nation, the All India Football Federation (AIFF) has urged the squad selected by national coach Igor Stimac to meet in Delhi and undergo the process of COVID-19 testing.
“Only those who clear the COVID screening process will travel. For that the Qatari authorities have agreed to issue a visa on arrival in case the players are unable to get the necessary clearance before their departure,” said a senior AIFF official.
The team will move to Qatar before restarting their World Cup/Asian Cup qualification season after almost 18 months. India will play its leftover three matches against Qatar (June 3), Bangladesh (June 7), and Afghanistan (June 15).