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Jharkhand Sports Secretary comes to the aid of U17 Women's World Cup probables

Jharkhand Sports Secretary comes to the aid of U17 Womens World Cup probables

The Bridge Desk

Published: 13 Jun 2020 8:39 AM GMT

The Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society (JSSPS) has been instructed by Sports Secretary Pooja Singhal, on the directions of Chief Minister Hemant Soren, to make arrangements for lodging and training of 12 footballers of Jharkhand selected in the list of probables for Indian FIFA U-17 World Cup team.

These youngsters, who have been shortlisted by the All India Football Federation, were training in Goa until the recent countrywide lockdown, owing to the coronavirus pandemic, forced them to return to their homes. Most of them come from humble backgrounds, families which had been hugely affected due to the lockdown, and as a result, they could not get proper diet or training to prepare for the World Cup.

Also read: Footballers of India’s u17 Women’s World Cup team struggling to get two meals a day

The state’s sport secretary, on reviewing the work of the Jharkhand State Sports Promotion Society (JSSPS) on Friday, decided it would be in the best interests of the players to be regrouped at Sports Complex in Ranchi.

Women-football Source: Gaon Connection

Recently, the plights of these players during the nationwide lockdown have come to fore. Since then the AIFF has acted quickly and announced a stipend of Rs 10,000 for each player selected in the list of probables.

The upcoming U17 Women’s World Cup is the first global scale FIFA tournament for women that the country is not only hosting but will also take part in. Earlier scheduled to be held in November this year, the pandemic saw it being postponed to February 2021.

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