Whereas the 17-team match scheduled for a February 17 begin subsequent yr remains to be eight months away, doubts nonetheless stay over whether or not followers might be allowed entry into the stadiums.
However match director of the Native Organising Committee (LOC) Roma Khanna allayed these fears. “The occasion might be among the many first world sporting tournaments that may happen post-COVID. It is an enormous alternative for us to showcase that India is ready for any problem. We’re completely sure to having followers come to the stadium, and offering them with a protected atmosphere. For that we’ll be positively taking all of the sanitisation and precautionary measures,” Khanna informed TOI.
It’s anticipated that the brand new soccer season in Europe may see followers allowed for matches. Khanna stated the LOC will comply with the blueprint of high European leagues with the intention to open up the video games for the supporters. “LOC and FIFA might be monitoring the whole lot very carefully as soon as all of the leagues resume, not solely in Europe but additionally Asia. Whereas we will definitely decide up one of the best practices to create a protected atmosphere, we can even discover options which can be India-centric and might be successfully applied throughout the host cities,” she stated.
The LOC and FIFA are additionally planning to rejoice the spirit of Corona warriors — frontline staff and survivors — by way of numerous programmes, a few of which could begin from August itself within the lead as much as the occasion. “Now we have a variety of occasions deliberate main as much as the match. However we needed to placed on maintain a few of our programmes like Soccer For All attributable to Covid. We’re quickly planning to restart these within the host cities. We will definitely rejoice our COVID warriors and survivors by way of among the legacy packages,” Khanna informed TOI.
The match might be hosted throughout 5 venues — Ahmedabad, Bhubaneswar, Guwahati, Kolkata and Navi Mumbai. Aside from the groups travelling with their respective contingent, the World Cup usually witnesses a lot of overseas delegates visiting the nation. With the nation easing the restrictions on flight journey, Khanna stays optimistic about dealing with the logistics. “Given the variety of resort rooms, transport, medical, stadiums and coaching services required for a World Cup with 16 groups, it was not doable to organise the match in only one metropolis. So we now have to unfold it throughout 5 venues. However we stay optimistic and assured that along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities we are going to work out one of the best answer. For us, this WC is an opportunity to indicate the nation the potential of ladies’s soccer. We gained’t go away any stone unturned to ship a profitable occasion,” stated Khanna.