MUMBAI: In view of the evolving Covid-19 situation in India, key stakeholders from the Government of Maharashtra met virtually with a delegation of the Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup India 2022 on Wednesday to discuss the challenges, solutions and charter guidelines for the safe and successful hosting of Asia’s premier women’s national team competition.
The 12-nation tournament is scheduled to kick off on 20 January.
Aditya Thackeray, Minister of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, and president of Mumbai District Football Association (MDFA), AIFF president and LOC chairman Praful Patel, and other key stakeholders including AIFF general secretary Kushal Das and project directors of the tournament closely examined the developments in the host state of Maharashtra and detailed a thorough path to ensure maximum safety and minimum risk for everyone involved in executing the tournament at ground level.
“In preparation for the upcoming AFC Women’s Asian Cup, joined a review meeting with AIFF President Mr. Praful Patel ji, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Commissioner Iqbal Singh Chahal ji, NMMC, PMC Commissioners, Police and Health Department officials to chalk out guidelines for the championship,” Thackeray tweeted after the meeting, before listing out some of the key aspects being meticulously monitored with only a fortnight left to the tournament.
“Furthermore, the discussion elaborated on medical facilities, infrastructure, safety protocols, hospitality arrangements, and ensuring every COVID protocol is stringently observed,” read a follow-up tweet.
In addition to the aforementioned stakeholders in the meeting, present to discuss matters while extending their support and commitment to hosting the Asian Cup India 2022 were Additional Commissioner Ashwini Bhide and Maharashtra Sports Commissioner Om Prakash Bakoria.
"I would like to express my gratitude to all the stakeholders who have been working tirelessly and continue to do so in order to successfully and safely host the AFC Women's Asian Cup India 2022,” said Patel.