Xtra Time Web Desk: The Indian national football team won’t have the opportunity to participate in the upcoming Asian Games due to their failure to meet the conditions set by the Minister of Sports. According to the guidelines provided to the All India Olympic Association and the National Sports Federation, the top eight ranked teams among the participating countries in Asian competitions over the past year would be eligible to send teams to the Asian Games.
Currently, India is ranked 18th in the Asian Football Confederation rankings. The All India Football Federation has already formed a 40-member squad, including only three players over the age of 23, for the Asian Games. Igor Stimac was appointed as the coach of this team.
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However, the All India Olympic Association and the Minister of Sports are expected to address this issue with utmost importance. It is worth mentioning that the President of the All India Football Federation, Kalyan Chaubey, currently serves as the CEO and Joint Secretary of the Indian Olympic Association.
The upcoming Asian Games will be held in Hangzhou, China, from September 23 to October 8. However, the football event will start from September 19.