The start of this season’s I-League will likely be pushed by a month, confirmed League CEO Sunando Dhar on Tuesday. It was earlier planned in November but the clubs are facing difficulties to begin their pre-season due to the pandemic.
Dhar stated, “We had a meeting with the club owners. Many of them said the situation in some parts of the country is still grim and it has been impossible to start pre-season training. The foreign players’ arrival is also a problem. They wanted to start in December and finish in March.”
Dhar also stated that the AIFF is learning about life in a bio-secure bubble. He said, “We are learning everyday about life in the bio-secure bubble and want to take experience into the I-League. The qualifying round will last just a few days but the I-League and ISL will run for more than 100 days.”
I-League won’t allow any media-person to cover the qualifiers from the venue. The qualifiers will take place at two West Bengal venues from October 8 to 19, kicking off the season.