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Indian Football Teams to Compete in Asian Games As Sports Ministry Gives Exemption

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Considering their previous accomplishments, the Sports Ministry gave the Indian football teams an exemption even though they did not match the requirements. Indian men’s and women’s football squads will compete at the 2022 Asian Games, which is scheduled to take place in Hangzhou, China. This was announced on Wednesday by sports minister Anurag Thakur.

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Anurag Thakur stated that taking into account of their current results, the Sports Ministry gave an exemption to India’s football squads, despite not meeting the criteria of being ranked among the top 8 teams in the continent. The Indian men’s football squad is presently ranked 18th in Asia, while the women squad is ranked 11th. According to a criteria set down by the sports ministry, only the top-eight teams in each team sport are eligible for selection.

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Anurag Thakur Added:

“Keeping in mind their latest performances in the recent times, the Ministry decided to grant the relaxation. I am sure they will put their best foot forward in the Asian Games and make our country proud.”

The Indian Olympic Committee’s reaffirmation of their policy led to this decision. The IOA had explained in a statement:

“As we gear up for the highly-anticipated event, the IOA reaffirms its commitment to promoting excellence in sports by strictly adhering to the selection criteria formulated by the Government of India vide their letter dated July 10. The adherence to these norms aims to foster a culture of transparency, meritocracy, and excellence in the Indian sports ecosystem.”

Igor Stimca, the coach of the Indian men’s group, has posted on social media pleading for India to consider sending their squad to the Asian Games 2022.

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