Asian Games: IOA shows red card to Indian Football team
IOA, Indian Olympics Association denied Indian football teams approval in Asian Games held in Indonesia. AIFF, states that IOA’s decision ‘lacks vision and competence’. Lately, Indian team was constantly doing well, they even bought home Inter Continental Cup this year. Regardless of their higher performance and chances of exposure they might get in Asian Games, it was a blank wide ‘NO’ by IOA.
This is not the first time of denial, four years ago similar issue took place but was later solved by AIFF president, Praful Patel he convinced the IOA to send the team to Asiad, nevertheless team didn’t bought back any medals. Even now the chances of winning a medal out there in Asian Games is a long haul, still our team requires the exposure as a boosting for AFC Asian Cup 2019.
In spite of India’s remarkable jump in FIFA rankings from 160's to 97, IOA shuts the door in front of AIFF calling Indian Team “incompetent”. AIFF may take up the matter to Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh to see if there’s any possibility to include the team in Asiad.
Fingers crossed, let’s hope Blue Tigers get their ‘boots on’ in Indonesia.