Plan to write to heads of governments of all state to give priority vaccinations to all senior players: Praful Patel

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All India Football Federation president Praful Patel on Friday said he will request the state governments to administer COVID-19 vaccine on their senior players on priority.

“I plan to write to the heads of the governments of every state to give priority vaccinations to all the senior players. This will help us resume footballing activities a little earlier than usual, once the situation becomes more stable,” said Patel.

“This year, because of the difficult circumstances, many teams have not been able to prepare, or practice, or play under normal conditions. As stakeholders, we need our leagues to be strong and support our clubs.”

“While I am in full support of sporting merit in view of the unusual circumstances it would make sense to stop relegation for the just-concluded I-League season, taking cue from practices across the world. Participation is equally important in these circumstances,” Doru said.

“It is a very difficult year for the country and football in general. Almost everything had gone for a toss since last year, due to the pandemic. But we have still been able to complete the Hero Indian Super League and the I-League, though in a much shorter time,” said Patel.

“As custodians of football we need to do the best we can to ensure that football can resume as soon as it is possible, and that players’ careers are not wasted.

“We are at a time when we are seeing challenges that we have never seen in our lifetime. Would request everyone to be careful, vigilant, and under the circumstances, do the best we can.”

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