Indian footballer N Bala Devi, the first to sign a contract with Scottish women’s Premier League club Rangers, has been forced to extend her stay with the team in Glasgow owing to the travel restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 30-year-old striker does not have professional commitments right now after the Premier League was postponed till 30 April owing to the COVID-19 pandemic. But her return to India has also been stalled after the government on 19 March barred all incoming international flights from 22 March to 31 March to tackle the deadly outbreak.
“There are no matches now as the league has been postponed and will start on April 30. But even if she wanted to go back home, the flights from UK to India have been stopped two days back,” Bala Devi’s agent Anuj Kichlu told PTI.
“So she can’t go back home, she will remain training there, there is no other way out. We will see the situation. If the league re-starts on April 30, she can stay there and play. But if it does not start and is postponed again, we have to see what to do or if any flight is available at that time and decide accordingly,” he added.
Devi was a captain of India’s gold-medal winning team at the South Asian Games last year. She scored 16 goals in five matches.