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Bio-bubble breach: Impact on India's image and women's football

The brand that is India as a sports destination capable of hosting international events has suffered a blow


Football in India has been eagerly looking to expand its continental and global sports footprint, by bidding for and hosting several big-stage events over the past few years

Vaibhav Raghunandan New Delhi
“It’s life, isn’t it?” Sujata Kar says. A former national team player, and an age group coach with Kolkata Police, Kar has nothing but sympathy for the 23 women with shattered dreams currently in isolation (in more ways than one) in Mumbai right now.

Sunday, January 23, evening was supposed to be a big step towards the realisation of a dream — when the Indian women were supposed to take on Chinese Taipei in their second of three group stage encounters at the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The match was scheduled to kick off at 7.30 pm, but an hour prior,

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First Published: Jan 27 2022 | 6:03 AM IST

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