COVID-19 breached the Indian women’s football team’s bio-security bubble here on Wednesday ahead of the AFC Asian Cup with two players testing positive for the virus, forcing the organizers to shift them to a medical facility for isolation.
“Two members of the Indian Women’s Senior National Team for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 have tested positive for COVID-19, and are currently in isolation at a designated medical care facility,” the All India Football Federation (AIFF) tweeted.
“The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all,” the organising federation wrote in another tweet.
The AIFF prioritises the health and safety of its players, and are following all the necessary health protocols as have been laid down by the AFC. (2/2)
— Indian Football Team (@IndianFootball) January 19, 2022
One of the players would have featured in the starting XI in the campaign opener against Iran, a source close to the AIFF said.
The two positive cases will not threaten the tournament as AIFF president Praful Patel on Monday said that matches will not be cancelled if 13 players are available in each of the two competing teams