YAS directs AMFA not to hold 14th MSL, Women's League

The AMFA had decided to commence the 14th Manipur State League 2020-21 from the first week of December and followed by Women's League.

The Youth Affairs & Sports, Manipur has directed All Manipur Football Association not to hold the proposed 14th Manipur State League and Women's League slated from first week of December this year in the larger interest of the prevailing Covid 19 condition in the state of Manipur.

The AMFA in a statement made on October 24 has decided to commence the 14th Manipur State League 2020-21 from the first week of December and followed by Women's League. The same representation was made to Youth Affairs & Sports, Manipur as well by AMFA.

However, the Youth Affairs & Sports, Manipur while the appreciating the effort of AMFA unique role in developing football felt that in such critical hour of Covid 19 pandemic, it was of the opinion that without observing proper procotocol of Covid 19, it will be unsafe for the organisers, clubs and players alike in greater risk.

The Department of Youth Affairs & Sports in a statement said that the AMFA decision was made without consulting the stakeholders or seeking any specific permission from the government to hold the Football League.

The statement also mentioned that the AIFF had issued a number of protocol(SOP) to be followed including Bio-Bubble facility for players participating in league or tournaments, players transportation, training session etc and given the present Covid 19 position in the state, the state government is of the belief that AMFA cannot easily followed such compliance and hence the government feels and request AMFA to 14th Manipur State League and Women's League for the time being.

Representatives of the various clubs including Manipur State League participating teams in a meeting held on September 30 last at the residence of Takhellambam Basanta Singh at Khabam had appeal to AMFA not to hold the League in view of the Covid 19 situation and the resolution of the same has been sent to YAS Department as well.

In the meantime, the All Manipur Football Association has convened an emergent Executive Council meeting on October 31 to discuss the 14th Manipur State League 2020-21 at 10 am at Mapal Kangjeibung office.

 
First Published:Oct. 29, 2020, 11:29 p.m.

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