The 28-member Indian national football team, which arrived in Doha on Wednesday to play in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, has been denied a 10-day quarantine period by Qatar football. federation (QFA).
However, players and support staff will remain in mandatory quarantine until they receive the results of RT-PCR tests conducted in Doha. The team will then be allowed to start their training camp as part of their preparations for the three matches starting on June 3.
“Qualifying for the Group E World Cup will be played in a protective bio-balloon. We understand that there are certain mandatory health parameters that must be met upon arrival in Doha, which we will do with all due diligence,” All India Football Federation (Secretary General). of AIFF) Kushal Das said on Thursday.
“AIFF President Praful Patel held detailed talks with the President of the Qatari Federation, who expressed our concern for the Prime Minister’s Office, after which the 10-day quarantine period was lifted,” Das said.
“We are grateful to the Qatari Federation for the way they deviated and helped us start our camp in Qatar early.”
India currently have three points from three Group E matches. Although they are not competing to advance to the World Cup qualifiers, they are still on track to qualify for the Asian Cup.
India will play Asian champions Qatar on June 3, Bangladesh on June 7 and Afghanistan on June 15.