Two Covid-19 cases in Indian camp at AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022
A player and a staff member of the Indian women's football team have tested positive ahead of the team's first match of the tournament.
Two people in the Indian camp for the AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 have tested positive for Covid-19. This can be a setback for India as they will be playing their first match of the tournament against IR Iran tomorrow.
This player was supposed to be a part of the playing XI in tomorrow's match, a source said.
At least five teams, including Japan, South Korea, China and Vietnam, have now reported positive cases inside the bio-bubble.
AIFF president Praful Patel had earlier informed that matches would continue as long as teams had at least 13 players available.
The premier Asian tournament is also considered to be the final qualification for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023, where the top five teams will be seen competing in Australia and New Zealand.
India is grouped with China, Chinese Taipei and Iran in Group A.
The AFC Women's Asian Cup 2022 begins on January 20 and is going to be held across three venues in India - Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Pune.