The Indian veteran trio consisting of Sunil Chhetri, Sandesh Jhingan, and Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, initially included in the squad that was supposed to travel to China, may not be seen in action in Asian Games, Hangzhou. This comes as a result of their respective Indian Super League (ISL) clubs declining to release these players for their international commitments.
The football competition during the Asian Games primarily involves players under the age of 23, with a provision allowing three older players to be included in the team.
The AIFF convened a meeting with ISL clubs on Monday to address the issue of players being released for national obligations. This discussion came about due to the reluctance of several ISL clubs to release their players for national team duties with the Blue Tigers.
There is a scheduling conflict between the impending ISL season, set to kick off on September 21st, and the start of the football event at the Asian Games on September 19th.
In line with a report, the AIFF plans to conduct a meeting with ISL clubs to request the release of two players from each team. Nevertheless, this proposal may present its own difficulties, as the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) would need to submit a fresh application to the Olympic Council of Asia to gain approval for the revised squad.